UPDATE: Two seriously injured in Route 1 crash on Broadkill Bridge

December 22, 2020

Two people were seriously injured in a three-car crash Dec. 22 that closed both north- and southbound lanes of Route 1 on the Broadkill River bridge.

The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. on the bridge near the intersection of Steamboat Landing Road and Hudson Road. A white 2006 Ford F250 operated by a 22-year-old Bethany Beach man was traveling northbound on Route 1 approaching the Broadkill River bridge, and the truck traveled off the roadway into the median and struck the guardrail on the highway’s southbound side, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police. After colliding with the guardrail, the F250 flipped multiple times, entered the southbound travel lane, and collided with an orange 1994 Ford Mustang operated by a 56-year-old Milford man, she said. A white 2006 Chevrolet Impala operated by a 17-year-old male from Lincoln was traveling behind the Mustang and struck the guardrail in the southbound travel lanes after the F250 collided with it.

The operator of the Ford F250 was flown from the scene to an area hospital with serious injuries; the operator of the Ford Mustang was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries.

All lanes northbound and southbound on Route 1 were closed for more than an hour, and the southbound side was closed for more than three hours; traffic was diverted west into Milton on Route 16 while the area was cleared. 

This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Trooper A. Stimac with Delaware State Police Troop 7 by calling 302-644-5020, or contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information about the driver’s provided by police. 

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