80-Year-Old Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash in Bridgeville

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BRIDGEVILLE, DE – An 80-year-old man was killed in a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Bridgeville area, the Delaware State Police reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, at approximately 1:52 p.m., a Freightliner Truck Tractor towing a 2012 Viking Trailer was traveling westbound on Seashore Highway as it was approaching the intersection at Scotts Store Road.

The Delaware State Police said a 2021 Nissan Altima was stopped at the stop sign on southbound Scotts Store Road at this intersection.

“For unknown reasons, the driver of the Altima failed to remain stopped as the Freightliner approached the intersection and pulled into its path while turning left onto Seashore Highway. The Freightliner attempted to brake and swerve to avoid striking the Nissan, but was unable to resulting in the front right of the Freightliner striking the left side of the Altima,” the DSP said in a statement.

The driver and sole occupant of the Freightliner, a 64-year-old Milford man, was properly restrained and was not injured.

Unfortunately, the driver of the Nissan Altima, an 80-year-old Alexandria, VA man, was properly restrained and was transported to an area hospital by helicopter in critical condition.

On Thursday, the driver succumbed to his injuries. Identification is pending notification to next-of-kin, police said. A 77-year-old Alexandria woman was properly restrained in the front passenger seat. She was transported to an area hospital and admitted with serious injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3.5 hours while the collision was being investigated and the roadway was cleared.