Overturned crane truck on Route 1 ties up traffic for hours


blankThe Delaware State Police are currently investigating a crash involving an overturned crane mounted on a truck.

Theincident occurred at approximately7:46a.m. Saturday in the area of Route 1 between Route. 273 and Route 40.

The truck with the crane was traveling southbound on Route 1.

Troopers reported that Francis J. Roberts, 52 of Middletown, was driving 2005 Peterbilt crane truck southbound on Route 1 south of School Bell Road north of Bear.

The crane-truck had a tire blowout on the front left side which caused the vehicle to swerve into the center median. The crane truck then struck the center guard rail and overturned onto its left side. After striking the center median, flying debris struck passing vehicles which sustained minor damage, but with no injuries.

New Castle County Paramedics and the Christiana Fire Company were called to the scene. The driver was trapped for 75 minutes while troopers and multiple rescue crews worked to extricate Roberts. He was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was affected for hours, with both northbound and southbound directions closed for a time.

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