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Salt Truck Overturns on Highway

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    A truck driver landed in the hospital after his truck overturned this morning near a DelDOT salt yard.

    The truck flipped over in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the sandbox, a sand station in the middle of the highway near Exit 5B (Route 141) in New Castle, Del. shortly after 11 a.m.

    Delaware State Police told NBC10 that the driver, 33-year-old Charles Purnell, was taken to Christiana Hospital.

    One lane got by the scene of the crash but traffic slowed to a crawl from the Maryland State line to the split for I-295 (Delaware Memorial Bridge).

    State police say the truck's passenger's side tires slipped into a ditch during the plow operation. That caused the Purnell to lose control, hit a guardrail and then flip onto its side.

    DelDOT drivers spent the morning spreading salt and sand on area roads while plowing away up to 9 inches of snow in some areas.

    Purnell, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was treated and released from the hospital Monday afternoon.