A Newark man died in the two-vehicle collision this morning, and southbound I-95 was closed for about six hours after the accident.
UPDATE, Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:36 p.m.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has released details about the two-vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Newark man this morning and closed southbound I-95 in Wilmington.
The crash happened at about 5:34 a.m. this morning, Sept. 14, as a 44-year-old Newark man was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima southbound on I-95, about a half-mile south of Wilmington near Frawley Stadium. For an unknown reason, the driver lost control of his vehicle and veered to the right and then to the left. The front of the Nissan struck a concrete barrier before rotating in a counter-clockwise direction.
The Nissan stopped in the road facing northbound and was struck by a 2003 Toyota Camry traveling on southbound I-95 in the left lane, driven by a 54-year-old Wilmington man.
After the impact the Toyota caught fire, however, the operator was able to exit the vehicle before it became completely engulfed in flames.
The operator of the Nissan, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His name is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.
The driver of the Toyota, who was properly restrained, was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police, however, charges are not expected.
The southbound lanes of I-95 were closed for approximately six hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
ORIGINAL REPORT, Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:47 a.m.
Delaware State Police said southbound I-95 has been closed near Frawley Stadium in Wilmington after a fatal motor vehicle crash this morning, Sept. 14.
Police didn't give the time the crash happened, but they announced the incident in a press release at 6:46 a.m.
One person has been declared dead at the scene, police said. A second person has been taken to the Christiana Hospital. The extent of the person's injuries is unknown at this time.
The southbound lanes of I-95 have been closed to traffic. Commuters traveling into Delaware from Pennsylvania will be forced to use I-495 southbound as an alternate route. Commuters who access I-95 southbound south of the I-495 split and plan to travel south through the city of Wilmington will be diverted from the highway at 4th Street.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is on the way to the scene and will assume the investigation. More details will be released at the end of the investigation, police said.