Troopers Update Lancaster Pike Crash That Seriously Injured Two

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are continuing to investigate a motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:20 a.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019 on Lancaster Pike in the area of Hercules Rd.

The initial investigation has determined that a 2000 Dodge Dakota, operated by an 18-year-old male from Wilmington was traveling eastbound on Lancaster Pike, east of Hercules Rd. A 2003 Toyota Tacoma, operated by a 19-year-old male from Hockessin was also traveling eastbound on Lancaster Pike and for an undetermined reason both vehicles collided. After the initial impact, both vehicles traveled off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail. After impacting the guardrail the Dodge came to rest partially over the guardrail facing north. The Toyota traveled completely over the guardrail where it came to rest.

The driver of the Dodge, who was not properly restrained, was ejected from his vehicle. He was transported to the Christiana Hospital by Delaware State Police helicopter, with serious injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, who was properly restrained, was transported to the Christiana Hospital also with serious injuries.

Impairment is not deemed as a contributing factor on behalf of either driver, according to Troopers.

Lancaster Pike was closed for approximately 90 minutes while the scene was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Trooper Ruszkay at Troop 1 by calling 302-761-6677.

Breaking Report

Hockessin – Rescue crews are responding to Lancaster Pike in the area of Hercules Road for reports of a high-speed crash involving multiple vehicles.

While en route crews are being told that one vehicle has gone over a guardrail.

First arriving crews are confirming one vehicle off the roadway.

Cranston Heights Command has requested additional crews to the scene. One person is reported trapped under a vehicle and the second is trapped inside a vehicle.

Troopers are reporting icy roads and bridges in the area,

Avoid the area. Lancaster Pike is shut down.

Trooper 4 is three minutes out and will be utilized for transport.

Update: Both patients have been extricated. One patient is being loaded into Trooper 4.

Update: The roadway is likely to be shut down for an extended period of time. We’ll update that shortly.

Update: Second patient en route via ground.

Troopers have now released the following statement:

“TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lancaster Pike in the area of Hercules Rd. is closed due to a motor vehicle crash.”