As the patrol vehicle proceeded across the southbound lanes of travel, he traveled into the path of the fully loaded tractor-trailer.
NEWARK (DE): A Delaware State Trooper is lucky to be alive today after crossing I-95 from the left shoulder to the right shoulder in his marked cruiser in the path of a tractor trailer early Wednesday morning.
The collision occurred shortly after 3:00 Wednesday morning on southbound John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) just north of Churchmans Road (DE-58), Newark, DE.
Police say a gray 2014 Freightliner – 125 tractor trailer operated by a 31 year old male from Williamsburg, VA, and was traveling southbound on I-95 in the 4th lane just north of DE-58. Ahead of the tractor trailer was a fully marked Delaware State Police patrol Chevrolet Tahoe was initially slowing to a stop in the 2nd lane to assist with a collision investigation that was partially on the left shoulder.
Police say, one of the vehicles involved in the crash was disabled on the right shoulder.
“The fully marked patrol vehicle activated both its overhead lights and siren to alert motorist in the southbound lanes and began to merge to the right shoulder.,” said police spokeswoman Heather Pepper. “As the patrol vehicle proceeded across the southbound lanes of travel, he traveled into the path of the fully loaded tractor-trailer. The tractor trailer attempted to change lanes but was unable to avoid the collision.”
Pepper said, “The collision resulted in both vehicles being disabled across the southbound lanes. The Trooper assigned to Troop 6 was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. The operator of the tractor-trailer did not sustain injuries. Both operators were properly restrained in their vehicles.”
Southbound I-95 from DE- 141 to Churchmans Road was closed for approximately three and half hours.