A 70-year-old woman from Townsend was trapped in her car for about 20 minutes Tuesday after a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer struck her vehicle on U.S. 113.
According to state police, Mae Sirrell was driving her 2000 Lincoln Town Car north on U.S. Route 113, south of Georgetown, about 10 a.m. when a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 16-year-old male from Georgetown, attempted to cross the northbound lanes of the highway before heading east on Wood Branch Road.
Instead, the Silverado struck the rear of the Sirrell’s Lincoln, causing the car to spin out of control through the center median and onto the southbound lanes of Route 113, where it came to rest directly in the path of a southbound 2012 International tractor-trailer driven by 60-year-old Iowa resident Randell J. Dreeszen.
Police said Dreeszen, who was traveling in the right lane, hit his brakes and attempted to avoid Sirrell’s Lincoln, but struck the car with the rear tires of the tractor.
The trailer, which was fully loaded with glass masonry jars, overturned as a result of the impact and came to rest in the right lane and shoulder of southbound Route 113.
Sirrell, who was wearing her seatbelt, was trapped in her Lincoln before being extricated by the Georgetown Fire Department. She was flown to Christiana Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Dreeszen and the 16-year-old were not injured.
Police said the teen later was charged with failure to yield the right of way, inattentive driving and no proof of insurance.
Traffic in the area of southbound Route 113 and Kruger Road was impacted for more than 4.5 hours as police investigated and cleared the crash.