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Driver Of Stolen Van Killed In Head-On Collision With Tractor-Trailer

Millsboro- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer that occurred earlier this morning, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on January 3, 2020, at approximately 7:27 a.m., when a 2001 Toyota Sienna, Minivan which was just reported stolen from the Royal Farms in Georgetown, was traveling southbound on Millsboro Highway (SR 26) just south of Betts Road.

A 2019 Mack Tractor Trailer towing an enclosed tanker with a soybean by-product was traveling northbound on Millsboro Highway in the same vicinity. For unknown reasons, the operator of the minivan failed to maintain its proper lane and entered into the opposing travel lane directly in front of the tractor-trailer. The operator of the tractor-trailer was unable to avoid the minivan which resulted in a head-on collision within the northbound lane of travel.

The operator of the minivan, a 48-year-old male from Milford, Delaware was not properly restrained. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 40-year-old male from Salisbury, Maryland was properly restrained. He was transported to PRMC in Salisbury where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Millsboro Highway in the area of Betts Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Breaking Report

Millsboro- The Delaware State Police are on scene of a serious motor vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer that occurred on at approximately 7:28 this morning January 3, 2020, on Millsboro Highway.

As a result of this crash, Millsboro Highway between Whitesville Road and Line Road is closed at this time.

The investigation is in the very early stages.

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