The driver of the tractor trailer that crashed at the split of northbound I-95 and I-295 has been charged with driving under the influence, Delaware State Police said. The crash occurred around 2:38 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 between New Castle and Wilmington and caused delays for about seven hours.
UPDATE posted Monday, Oct. 30:
Delaware State Police have charged the driver of the tractor trailer with driving under the influence after Sunday morning's fiery crash at the split of northbound I-95 and I-295 between New Castle and Wilmington.
I-295 in the area of the crash was closed for approximately seven hours, said State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The incident occurred around 2:38 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 as Jeffery B. Mosier, 55, of Pageland, South Carolina, was driving a tractor trailer carrying construction equipment north on I-95 merging onto I-295 northbound.
The tractor trailer struck a barrier that was centered between the I-95 and I-295 split before overturning and catching fire.
Mosier was outside of the vehicle after it overturned and was transported from the scene by emergency medical services personnel to Christiana Medical Center.
At the hospital, a DUI investigation was conducted by troopers. After being treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries, troopers took Mosier into custody and transported him to Troop 6 where he was charged with his fourth offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, said State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
His three previous convictions were in 2010, 2011, and 2014.
He was also charged with refusing a breath/blood test while operating a commercial motor vehicle, and failure to remain within a single lane. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $6,300 cash bond, Fournier said.
The tractor and trailer were completely destroyed as a result of the fire and were not identifiable. The fire spread and caused a large brush fire, and parts of the overpass structure of Basin Road (Route 141) also caught fire, Fournier said.
ORIGINAL REPORT posted Sunday, Oct. 29 at 7:07 a.m.
A tractor trailer fire has shut down a section of northbound I-295 between New Castle and Wilmington.
Delaware State Police, fire companies, DNREC, and DelDOT are at the scene.
The incident occurred around 2:38 a.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 29, when a tractor trailer carrying construction equipment was traveling northbound on I-95 merging onto I-295 northbound, a few miles northeast of the Christiana Mall.
For an unknown reason, the tractor trailer struck a barrier that was centered between the I-95 and I-295 split near the Route 141 overpass, said State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The tractor trailer overturned and caught fire.
The 55-year-old driver from Pageland, South Carolina, was removed from the truck by emergency medical services personnel and taken to Christiana Medical Center where he was admitted with undetermined injuries. No charges have been filed at this time.
The fire has caused extensive damage to the roadway.
Engineers are at the scene surveying any damage to the Route 141 overpass.
Northbound I-295 is closed at the I-95 split.
Major delays are expected throughout the day on northbound I-95 at the I-295 split, Fournier said.
Drivers are advised to follow the real time travel advisories through DelDOT to get updates on the road opening by clicking: http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/index.shtml#advisories