• May 02, 2022

One Killed in Truck Accident on Ross Station Road in Seaford, DE

Seaford, DE -- April 28, 2022, a 79-year-old Greenwood man was mortally injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Ross Station Road in Seaford.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 9:30 at the intersection of Ross Station and Herring Run roads. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's Nissan Frontier was stopped at the crossing on westbound Herring Run. For unknown reasons he pulled forward and failed to yield to an oncoming Peterbilt tractor-trailer, which hit the Nissan as it traveled north on Ross Station.

The Nissan driver suffered critical injuries in the crash. He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, then was later airlifted to another medical center where he died on Friday, April 29. The semi-truck driver was treated and released at a local hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Ross Station Rd in Seaford

Images of the intersection show that traffic on Herring Run Road has a stop sign and is meant to yield to vehicles on Ross Station Road. It's not clear why the victim might have failed to yield to the semi-truck in Seaford, but before anyone decides he just made a mistake it's important to account for other potential explanations. That means learning all the details of the crash.

For example: Could the Nissan have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem? What about any health problems that might have incapacitated the driver? Could something have blocked his view of the big rig? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Were there any other vehicles around at the time? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

One Killed in Truck Accident on Ross Station Road in Seaford, DE

I'm not trying to overcomplicate this matter or place any undue blame on anyone. I just want to make sure all the details are known as they should be after any accident. Without considering all possibilities no one can be certain why things happened the way they did. Unusual elements contribute to accidents all the time but too often they slip through the cracks during a routine police investigation.

We even saw a recent incident in West Texas where a person allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop there, but until that fact came to light police reports unfairly blamed him.

It's pretty unlikely the same thing happened in Delaware as stop signs rarely go missing like that (and reports say the victim stopped before proceeding into the crossing). My point is just that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and subtle-but-crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones should know every effort was made to find the whole truth. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or should an independent investigation be started?

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