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Vehicle Accident with Medics - Mount Joy Road - Fatal incident


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Wednesday July 27, 2022 @ 15:16

Nature: Vehicle Accident w/Medics – Fatal Incident

Location: Mount Joy Rd and Cordrey Rd Millsboro, DE 19966


On Wednesday, July 27th, the Indian River (80) and Millsboro (83) volunteer fire companies were alerted for a vehicle accident on Mount Joy Road in the vicinity of Cordrey Road. Additional emergency alerts included the Sussex County Paramedics, the Mid Sussex Rescue Squad, the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit – Trooper 2, as well as the patrol division officers.

Emergency response units from Indian River included Rescue 80 and Utility 80-11 from the Oak Orchard facilities and Engine #80-1 from the Long Neck facility as well as the Delaware State Fire Police.

Emergency response crew assignments included traffic control with the closure of Mount Joy Road in the affected area knowing that utility electrical services were severed because of the vehicle accident, downed utility pole and wires, vehicle stabilization if needed, fire suppression activities where needed, and overall incident mitigation efforts. Emergency medical services were utilized at the incident as needed.  The responding units from Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company were cancelled.

The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Fire Police coordinated the roadway closure as a result of the incident.  Additional fire police services were utilized for traffic light outages at the intersection of John J. Williams Highway, Mount Joy Road and Oak Orchard Road.

The Delaware State Police are investigating.

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Passenger dies in single-car crash on Mount Joy Road

A single-car crash July 27 on Mount Joy Road claimed the life of a passenger riding in the car.

The crash happened at 3:14 p.m. when a white 2019 Kia Optima driven by a Milford man, 27, was traveling eastbound on Mount Joy Road approaching a moderate left curve east of Cannon Road, said Sr. Cpl. Leonard DeMalto of the Delaware State Police. For unknown reasons, he said, the driver failed to negotiate the curve, exiting the south edge of Mount Joy Road and continued traveling eastbound until it struck a utility pole. After striking the pole, DeMalto said, the Kia overturned onto its roof and caught fire.

The driver was not properly restrained, DeMalto said, and he was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. The passenger of the vehicle sustained extensive thermal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was turned over to the Office of the Medical Examiner for identification confirmation.

No other vehicles were involved in this incident. The roadway was closed for about three hours while the collision was being investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers ask anyone who witnessed this collision to contact Corporal J. Smith at 302-703-3267; send a private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police; contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or

A car overturned and caught fire on Mount Joy Road east of Cannon Road Wednesday afternoon, leaving a passenger dead at the scene.

According to Delaware State Police, the driver of a white 2019 Kia Optima lost control on a moderate curve, traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole. At that point, the vehicle overturned onto its roof and caught fire.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s body has been turned over to the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for confirmation of identification.

The driver was a 27-year-old Milford man who State police said was not properly restrained. He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The crash and investigation closed a portion of the roadway for about 3.5 hours. The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit is requesting that any witnesses contact Corporal J. Smith at 302-703-3267, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.