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UPDATE: Milton man dies in Harbeson crash

August 7, 2019

A 50-year-old Milton man died in a two-vehicle crash on Route 9 in Harbeson Aug. 6.

Delaware State Police is investigating the 7:52 a.m. crash, when a 2016 Ford Transit work van, operated by David Pierson, Jr., was traveling eastbound on Route 9 near Joseph Road. Going the opposite way was a 2015 Isuzu six-wheel box truck, operated by a 56-year-old Milford man. 

Police said for unknown reasons, Pierson’s truck crossed the center line and entered the westbound travel lane in front of the Isuzu. Pierson tried to swerve out of the way but was unsuccessful. The Ford Transit struck the left side of the Isuzu, and the Isuzu rolled onto its right side. The Ford Transit rotated 180 degrees and came to rest, upright, in the westbound travel lane, police said.

Pierson was transported to Beebe Healthcare where he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Police said it was not known if he was wearing his seatbelt.

The Isuzu driver, whose name has not been released, was wearing his seat belt and was treated and released for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said speed and impairment did not appear to be factors in the crash.

Route 9 was closed for four hours while the crash was cleaned up and investigated. It remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash should contact Troop 7 in Lewes, 302-703-3266.