NCC Paramedics’ Post Reveals Some Details Surrounding Route 1 Crash Near Smyrna

Credit CHC / Tyler Thompson

Four people were seriously injured and trapped Saturday evening after two vehicles crashed on Route 1 near Smyrna.

The crash reported just before 5:00 p.m., closed the northbound lanes and restricted the southbound flow for several hours.

An advisory was sent out by Troopers at 5:02, alerting motorist to avoid the area. A second advisory, giving the all-clear, was posted at 9:43 p.m., about five hours after the accident was first reported.

We are awaiting an official report from The Delaware State Police regarding the incident, however, a Facebook post by New Castle County Paramedics provides some details regarding the accident.

“February 23, 2019: At 4:50 p.m. the Kent County 911 Center dispatched fire and EMS units to State Route 1 at Duck Creek for a motor vehicle collision with multiple subjects trapped.

An off-duty New Castle County Paramedic Sergeant had just started his commute to work and arrived at the incident within a minute of the dispatch.

The Sergeant found a two-vehicle crash with four (4) patients trapped in one vehicle.

He was unable to access two of the patients in that vehicle due to the extensive damage. Additional units were dispatched, including the New Castle County Paramedics and Delaware State Police helicopter, following his report to the Kent County 911 center.

Kent County and New Castle County fire and EMS personnel treated and transported several seriously injured patients.”


Breaking Report

Smyrna – At around 4:45 this afternoon, rescue crews, along with Delaware State Police, Kent County Paramedics, Trooper 4 all responded to Route 1 NB in Smyrna for a vehicle crash with entrapment.

While en route crews were alerted that two vehicles were involved in the accident and that four patients were trapped.

Upon their arrival, crews confirmed that four patients were trapped. At least two in very serious condition.

At 5:10 the driver of one of the vehicles was the first to be freed.

Minutes later Command reported that a passenger was also freed.

At 5:32 the third patient was extricated from the vehicle.

At 5:35 the fourth passenger was freed from the vehicle.

At least one patient has been flown to the Trauma Center at Christian Hospital in Stanton.

At 6:14 Command turned the scene over to Delaware State Police. The NB lanes will be closed for an extended period of time. One SB lane in the area of the crash will remain closed as well.

We are working to gather more information.


Shari Sack

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