DOVER, DELAWARE (8/13/2015) A dump truck crashed into an illegally parked tractor-trailer this morning, closing southbound Route 1 near Dover Air Force Base for about six hours but all lanes are now open, according to Delaware State Police. One driver was injured.
The accident happened shortly before 5 a.m. under Exit 93, the interchange for the base’s main gate.
Police say William L. Underwood, 42, of Rising Sun, Maryland, was distracted momentarily inside the cab of his 2011 Peterbilt dump truck when it drifted to the right and ran into the back of a tractor-trailer that was illegally parked on the right shoulder. The dump truck overturned onto the driver’s side, spilling its load of stone into the southbound lanes.
The collision pushed the tractor-trailer about 300 feet onto the grass on the side of the highway.
Underwood, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released, police said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Abdulaziz Adjintettey, 33, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was in the sleeper portion of the truck during the collision and was uninjured, police said. He was cited for parking in a no stopping, standing, or parking zone.
Underwood was cited for inattentive driving.
Southbound Route 1 traffic was diverted up the off-ramp, across Old Lebanon Road and down the on-ramp to return to Route 1 (Bay Road) and get around the wreckage.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control assisted with cleanup of a diesel fuel spill from the dump truck.