Tractor Trailer overturns, killing driver in Middletown Monday night

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A Florida truck driver is dead after his tractor trailer overturned in Middletown Monday evening police say.

MIDDLETOWN (DE) 01/25/21: Delaware State Police say they are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that involved a Freightliner Cascadia in Middletown Monday evening.

Police say the accident happened just before 10:00 p.m. on the exit ramp to Lorewood Grove Road from southbound Route 1.

Investigators say a 2012 Freightliner Cascadia, was being operated by a 63-year-old male from Coral Springs, FL. Police say he was traveling southbound Route 1 utilized the exit for Lorewood Grove Road.

According to a news release, “For reasons unknown, the Freightliner failed to negotiate the curve on the exit ramp. The Freightliner rolled over onto its driver side and subsequently struck a guardrail on the south side of the ramp. The impact with the guardrail caused the Freightliner to then rollover onto its roof.

The truck driver was properly restrained but by the time first responders could reach him, he was already deceased. 

The Freightliner was pulling a trailer loaded with cargo at the time of the collision. The exit for Lorewood Grove Road from southbound Route 1 is closed while this collision is investigated and cleared. 

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Det. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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