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State Police Investigating Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash near Woodside

Date Posted: Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred early this morning near Woodside that left one man dead.

On May 29, 2024, at approximately 2:20 a.m., a Freightliner tractor and trailer was driving southbound on South Dupont Highway, in the right lane, south of Barney Jenkins Road. At the same time, a GMC T-Series box truck was also driving southbound, in the right lane, behind the Freightliner. The preliminary investigation revealed that the Freightliner was slowing to make a right turn into a business when the front of the GMC hit the back of the trailer.

The unrestrained driver of the GMC, a 33-year-old man from Owings Mills, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld until his family is notified. The driver of the Freightliner, a 51-year-old man from Greensboro, North Carolina was not injured.

The roadway was closed for approximately 5 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

Delaware State Police Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information relevant to the investigation is urged to contact Master Corporal J. Lane at (302) 698-8457. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime, or you have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit / Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at



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