Authorities Update Crash That Closed Summit Bridge Yesterday


Yesterday afternoon, at 1:12, New Castle County Paramedics and personnel from the Volunteer Hose Company, Odessa and Port Penn Fire Companies were dispatched to the 4900 block of Summit Bridge Road, for a motor vehicle crash with entrapment, according to Paramedic Senior Corporal David McKinney, Jr.

McKinney said arriving County Paramedics found a two-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer and pickup truck. The pickup truck was occupied by two patients, one of which was free upon the arrival of County Paramedics. The other was trapped in the wreckage. The patient who was trapped, a 40-year-old male, was freed following an approximately 20-minute extrication by fire department personnel.

He was evaluated and treated on scene for injuries to the abdomen, arm, and leg. The patient was transported to the Emergency Department at Christiana Hospital on board Christiana Care’s LifeNet Helicopter, with serious injuries. The passenger, a 38-year-old male, was evaluated and treated on scene for head, leg and arm injuries. He was transported to the Emergency Department at Christiana Hospital on board an ambulance from the Port Penn Fire Company, accompanied by New Castle County Paramedics. The patient was stable upon transport. The driver of the tractor-trailer declined to be transported to the hospital.

Delaware State Troopers and Officers from the Middletown Police Department closed the road while they investigated the crash.

Breaking Report
Middletown – Rescue crews from the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown, along with New Castle County Paramedics, Trooper 4 and LifeNet’s Helicopter have responded to the 4000 block of Summit Bridge Road for a motor vehicle crash.

Upon arrival, Command reported that one subject was trapped and requested assistance from the Odessa Fire Company.

Update: Although originally dispatched to the accident Trooper 4 did not respond to the scene. LifeNet did respond to the scene.

Delaware State Police issued the following statement:

(Road Closed) Summit Bridge Rd. closed at Armstrong Corner Rd. Middletown. Due to a motor vehicle crash.

We’re working to gather more information.


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