Crash involving car and tractor-trailer leaves one dead

2/7 UPDATE: Police have identified the victim in this crash as 72-year-old James Watson of Millsboro.

The investigation is continuing.


LAUREL, Del. – Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a tractor-trailer that killed one Friday night.

Police say around 11:14 p.m., a 2017 Nissan Sentra, operated by a 72-year-old Millsboro man was traveling eastbound on Laurel Road, just west of Hitch Pond Road. At this time, a 2019 Kenworth tractor-trailer, operated by a 60-year-old Bridgeville man was traveling westbound on Laurel Road, in the same area. 

For unknown reasons, the tractor-trailer entered the eastbound lane of travel and the front of the Kenworth struck the front of the Nissan. After impact, the Nissan rotated approximately 180 degrees as it was pushed in a westerly direction before coming to rest on the eastbound shoulder of Laurel Road. The tractor-trailer continued westbound before coming to rest in the eastbound lane of Laurel Road.

Police say the operator of the Nissan was not restrained and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification is pending notification to next of kin. The operator of the Kenworth tractor-trailer was properly restrained and was uninjured in the collision.

Laurel Road was closed for approximately four and a half hours while the crash was investigated and the roadway cleared. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J.J. Smith at 302-703-3267. 

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