An overturned crane truck shut down a portion of Route 1 near Newark this morning.
UPDATE May 6 at 6:35 p.m.:
Delaware State Police have identified the driver injured in the crane truck crash this morning on Route 1 near Newark as Francis J. Roberts, 52 of Middletown.
Roberts was driving a 2005 Peterbilt crane truck south on Route 1 south of School Bell Road when a tire blew on the front driver's side, said State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz.
The blowout caused the truck to swerve into the center median. The truck then struck a guard rail and turned onto the driver's side.
Flying debris struck passing vehicles which sustained minor damage, but no one was injured in those vehicles, Bratz said.
New Castle County Paramedics and the Christiana Fire Company responded to the crash.
Roberts was trapped in the truck for about an hour and 15 minutes while troopers and rescue crews worked to remove him. He was taken to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries, Bratz said.
Southbound and northbound Route 1 was temporarily closed after the crash.
Southbound Route 1 was closed for about four hours and then the right lane shoulder were opened. Crews are still working in the area, Bratz said.
All lanes of northbound Route 1 are now open, Bratz said.
ORIGINAL REPORT May 6 at 10:04 a.m.:
An overturned crane truck has shut down a portion of Route 1 near Newark this morning.
The incident occurred at about 7:46 a.m., between Route 273 and Route 40, said Delaware State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz.
A tractor trailer traveling south on Route 1 crashed and turned onto the driver's side on a metal guardrail and the grass median. The tractor is a Peterbilt three-axle truck with a crane body single unit.
The driver was trapped in the cab. Emergency medical services personnel worked to remove the driver. The injuries are not known at this time, Bratz said.
All northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1 were still closed as of 9 a.m.
Motorists should use caution in the area as there will be traffic delays. Travelers are asked find alternate routes of travel.
More details will be released at the end of the investigation, Bratz said.