Troopers: Driver In Wednesday’s I-95 Crash Succumbs To Injuries

Claymont– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that occurred on April 22, 2020, at approximately 5:58 p.m. on northbound I-95 south of Naamans Road, Claymont, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup operated by a 41-year-old New Castle man was traveling in the construction zone northbound on I-95 south of Naamans Road, Claymont. A Caterpillar Excavator operated by a 64-year-old Hagerstown, Maryland man was working within the construction site in the area, off the left shoulder, and within the grassy center median.

For unknown reasons, the Ford Pickup drifted out of the lane of travel and into the median. The front of the Ford Pickup struck the rear of the stationary Excavator. The impact caused the Ford Pickup to spin in a counterclockwise direction before coming to rest facing southwest across both northbound lanes of I-95.

As a result of the collision, the operator of the Ford Pickup was trapped in the vehicle for approximately 30 minutes and had to be extracted by the fire department.

Once freed, the operator was transported to Christiana Hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries.  He succumbed to his injuries several hours later . The operator of the Excavator was transported to Wilmington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

During the on-scene investigation, northbound I-95 in the vicinity of Naamans Road was closed.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.


Breaking Report

Rescue crews have responded to I-95 at the I-495 NB northern split for a rollover crash with entrapment.

Crews have closed the road and are working to free at least one patient.

Update: Trooper 4 has landed at the scene. Crews still working to extricate the patient. Medics reporting the vehicle rolled several times and that the patient is seriously injured.

Update: Claymont Command reporting that the vehicle struck the excavator on the side of the road. Patient extricated.  Helo about to take off and head to the trauma center.

Update: Sounds like a second patient was also transported to Wilmington Hospital.

Check back shortly for additional information.


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