Wilmington – Delaware State Police are continuing to investigate a two vehicle crash involving a tanker truck that occurred at approximately 11:51 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018, which caused the closure of Naamans Road, east of Foulk Road, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Austin said the investigation has determined that a 2018 Peterbilt tractor trailer/tanker vehicle, operated by a 62-year-old Dover man, was traveling westbound Naamans Road in the right lane, east of Foulk Road.
A 2001 Buick Le Sabre being driven by Amber Robinson, 26, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was traveling westbound Naamans Road, in the left lane, adjacent to the tractor trailer. The Buick veered right striking the left side of the tanker, in front of it’s rear wheels, where it became stuck. The Buick was then dragged approximately 200 feet while under the tanker, before the tractor trailer was able to come to a controlled stop.
The tractor trailer driver who was properly restrained at the time of the crash was uninjured. Neither improper driving nor impairment are factors on his behalf.
Robinson who was also properly restrained and uninjured, was issued a citation for Improper Lane Change. Impairment is not a factor on her behalf.
A 12-year-old male, front seat passenger in the Buick was transported to the Wilmington Hospital, where he was treated and released with minor injuries.
As rescue crews arrived on scene they noticed that the truck, carrying liquid nitrogen, was leaking it’s contents. After removing the patient from the vehicle crews made a request for HAZMAT teams. After further inspection crews determined that the truck’s tank was not compromised and were able to seal the leak.
Naamans Road was closed in both directions for approximately 2 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
Rescue and HAZMAT crews are responding to Naamans Road near Faulk Road for reports of a vehicle into a liquid nitrogen truck.
Early reports are that the truck is leaking liquid nitrogen. Naamans Road has been shutdown in both direction.