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Just In: Route 1 NB Remains Closed 9 Hours After Tractor-Trailer Crash

Townsend – Just after 9:30 last evening rescue crews from across New Castle County responded to Route 1 in the area of New Discovery Road for reports of two vehicles off the roadway.

First arriving crews reporting that two tractor-trailers were are off the road.

Crews reported that the trucks were down a ravine about fifty feet. Images from the scene show a mangled guard rail where the trucks left the roadway.

Arriving crews ordered Route 1 NB has been closed and Route 13 closed in the area of the crash.

After almost nine hours firefighters and HAZMAT crews cleared the scene at around 6:15 Thursday Morning. The scene has been turned over to DelDOT and Delaware State Police. It’s believed that one lane of Route 13 is getting by and Route 1 NB is still closed. Traffic is being diverted onto Route 13 south of Smyrna.

One driver sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.

DelDOT 6:56 AM Thursday

Route 1 NB is now OPEN. Route 13 NB will only have the left lane open shortly as cleanup work continues.

Delaware State Police 6:39 AM Thursday

“The Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving two tractor-trailers that has completely closed SR 1 northbound at the south Smyrna exit.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:37 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, 2019, on SR 1 northbound in the area of Union Church Rd., Townsend. As a result of the crash, all northbound lanes of SR 1 are closed at the south Smyrna exit. DELDOT crews are in the process of doing repair to a damaged guardrail at this time and there is no estimated time for a re-opening. One operator sustained non-life threatening injuries. Further details will be released as they become available.”

DelDOT 5:18 AM Thursday

RT 13 NB IS CLOSED AT RT 71 DUE TO AN ACCIDENT
Effect / Impact: AS YOUR DETOUR, USE RT 71 TO PINE TREE RD BACK TO RT 13 NB County: New Castle County

RT 1 NB AT EXIT 114 AND AT EXIT 119 IS CLOSED DUE TO A CRASH
Effect / Impact: RT 1 NB DETOUR IS EXIT 114 TO RT 13 NB. County: New Castle County

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