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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna man injured in dump truck crash on Route 1

  • A 25-year-old Smyrna man reportedly suffered minor injuries early Wednesday morning when his dump truck overturned on Del. Route 1, closing the highway for nearly four hours.
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  • A 25-year-old Smyrna man reportedly suffered minor injuries early Wednesday morning when his dump truck overturned on Del. Route 1, closing the highway for nearly four hours.
    The crash occurred about 5:17 a.m. as Joshua Thompson was driving the 2000 Peterbilt dump truck in the right lane of northbound Route 1, just south of the Boyds Corner exit, according to Delaware State Police.
    As dump truck neared the exit, a 2009 Ford Flex driven by 75-year-old Viola resident Ted Schaum pulled on the highway from the right shoulder, directly into the path of Thompson’s dump truck, police said.
    Thompson reportedly swerved to the left to avoid a collision, causing the dump truck to overturn and spill its load of sand onto the roadway.
    Thompson was later treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Christiana Hospital.
    Schaum, who was not injured, was cited for failing to yield when entering a roadway and failing to have insurance identification in his possession.
    All lanes of northbound Route 1 remained closed for nearly four hours after the crash, as workers cleaned the sand off of the highway.

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