Second Person Reportedly Killed In Fatal I-495 Accident, Road Remains Closed


Update: Another media outlet is reporting that a second patient has succumbed to their injuries sustained in today’s accident.

First State Update has not confirmed that a second patient has passed away but reports from the scene do indicate that it’s very possible.

We’ll update this story as soon as we have more information.

Original Breaking Report

Wilmington – Crews from Wilmington Fire and surrounding agencies are responding to I-495 near 12th Street for reports a vehicle trapped under a tractor trailer.

Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle may have been traveling at 60 to 80 mph when it struck a disabled tanker trunk, that was parked on the shoulder. Indications are that the car either swerved or slide sideways into the truck.

Command is now reporting that one person has died and two patients are headed to the hospital, both with trauma alerts.  Both patients are in serious condition.

All north bound lanes of I-495 have been ordered closed. Avoid the area.

Update: 12:30 pm – Rescue crews are clearing the scene. DelDOT and Delaware State Police (DSP) remain on scene. DSP Statement:

Wilmington (19802) – Delaware State Police are currently on scene of a serious motor vehicle crash involving four vehicles, that occurred at approximately 11:58 a.m., Friday December, 1, 2017, on I-495 northbound in the area of 12th Street, Wilmington. I-495 northbound is completely shut down at the I-95 split.


Image Credits: DelDOT