Troopers Update Route 1 Crossover Crash That Injured Five Near Smyrna

Credit CHC / Tyler Thompson

Smyrna – The Delaware State Police are continuing to investigate a serious crash involving two vehicles that took place on State Route 1 in Smyrna, late Saturday afternoon, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the initial investigation has determined that a 2007 Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound on State Route 1 approaching the State Route 6 overpass when for an unknown reason the vehicle traveled into the center grass median. The Chevy began to spin counter-clockwise as it crossed the median, continuing into the SR 1 northbound lanes, and directly into the path of a 2019 Toyota Tacoma, driven by a Pennsylvania man, according to Austin. The front end of the Toyota struck the passenger side of the Chevy, pushing it northbound for a short distance before both vehicles came to a stop in the center of the roadway.

The Chevy was occupied by four male subjects. The driver and right front passenger of the Chevy were transported to the Christiana Hospital in critical condition. A left rear passenger was transported to the Christiana Hospital in stable condition. The right rear passenger was transported to Kent General Hospital in stable condition.

The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota was transported to the Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

The investigation is in the very early stages with further details being released as they become available, said Austin.

State Route 1 northbound was closed for approximately 4 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Lane of the Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-698-8457.



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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