Tire blow out caused crane to overturn on SR 1 near School Bell Rd.

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The Delaware State Police continue to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving an overturned crane that occurred Saturday morning.

BEAR: A driver was rushed to Christiana Trauma Center after being freed by emergency crews from a 2005 Peterbilt Crane Truck he was operating southbound on SR 1 south of School Bell Road north of Bear around 7:46 a.m. Saturday morning when it struck a guardrail and overturned. Police say the left front tire blew out causing the crane truck to hit the center median and overturn on it’s left side. After striking the center median flying debris struck passing vehicles which sustained minor damage and with no injuries.

According to police spokesman, Richard D. Bratz, The New Castle County Paramedics and the Christiana Fire Company responded to the crash. The driver, Francis J. Roberts, 52 of Middletown, was trapped for approximately 75 minutes while troopers and multiple rescue crews worked safely to remove him from the scene. Once freed, he was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The New Castle County Paramedics and the Christiana Fire Company responded to the crash. The driver, Francis J. Roberts, 52 of Middletown was trapped for approximately 75 minutes while troopers and multiple rescue crews worked safely to remove the driver. The driver was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers continue their investigation into this incident. SR 1 southbound in the area of the crash was closed for approximately four hours and then limited to just the right lane and shoulder south of route 273. All lanes of SR 1 northbound are currently open at this time. Motorists are advised to use caution as crews are still working in the area.

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