One dead after crash with firetruck on US 301 near Middletown

One man is dead after a crash with a firetruck on U.S. 301 near Middletown on Saturday night, Delaware State Police said.

There were actually two crashes, police said.

The firetruck had just arrived at the scene of the first about 8 p.m. when it was struck from behind by a 2009 Acura Tl traveling north on U.S. 301, police said.

The firetruck’s emergency lights were on at the time of the crash, police said.

A firetruck was involved in the serious crash on U.S. 301 near Middletown

The driver of the Acura, a 57-year-old man from Wilmington, was wearing his seatbelt but died at the scene, police said. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

The operator of the firetruck, a 34-year-old man from Middletown, was also wearing his seatbelt and declined medical treatment.

The incident is under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

A crash on U.S. 301 near Middletown closed traffic on the road in both directions Saturday night.

Northbound U.S. 301 north of Bunker Hill Road was closed for approximately 2.5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Contact Jessica Bies at (302) 324-2881 or jbies@delawareonline.com. Follow her on Twitter @jessicajbies.

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