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Deadly Wrong-Way Wreck Closes Route 1 in Delaware for Hours

A driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of Delaware Route 1 dies after colliding with a big rig

What to Know

  • A wrong way wreck closed Delaware Route 1 in both directions for hours Friday morning.
  • The driver of a 2017 Kia Niro was driving southbound in the northbound lanes when he slammed into a big rig, police said.
  • The Kia driver died at the scene. the big rig driver wasn't hurt.

A man driving the wrong way on State Route 1 in Delaware caused a wrong way wreck that closed the busy highway for hours Friday morning, Delaware State Police said.

The 29-year-old driver crashed his 2017 Kia Niro into a 2010 Kenworth tractor-trailer around 1:25 a.m. in the northbound lanes about 1 mile south of the U.S. 40 – Pulaski Highway interchange in Bear, police said.

The Kia driver, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his vehicle, which came to rest on the guardrail separating the northbound and southbound lanes, police said.

The man died at the scene. His identity was withheld pending notification of family. Police have yet to determine if impairment played a role in the crash.

The 34-year-old big rig driver tried to avoid the crash in the left hand lane but couldn't, police said.

The big rig driver wasn't injured.

The wreck left both directions of Route 1 closed for hours. Southbound traffic began moving again after about four hours while it took about six hours to clear the northbound lanes, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to call Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or submit a tip online.

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