I-495 closed in both directions 081118

Delaware State Police are still investigating the tractor trailer collision that killed one and shut down Interstate 495 for approximately 11 hours on Saturday.

A Toyota Avalon driven by a 46-year-old Philadelphia man had become disabled, and a 27-year-old Philadelphia woman in a Buick Le Sabre tried to swerve around that in the northbound lane, roughly a quarter of a mile south of Philadelphia Pike, according to Delaware State Police.

When that vehicle failed to swerve it hit the Toyota and that's when the Volvo truck came up from behind and could not avoid the two disabled vehicles, causing it to overturn on August 11, 2018 just after 3 a.m.

The operators of the initial vehicles were not injured but the truck driver, later identified as 53-year-old Michael L. Kent, of Newark, died at the scene.

State police said the truck was a tanker transporting molten sulfur, but none of the substance spilled; however, 100 gallons of diesel fuel did spill onto the highway.

The investigation was ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident was asked to contact Cpl. Forester of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302.365.8485.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

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