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Car Hits Propane Tank Near Millsboro; One Dead

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Pictured is the car involved in Thursday morning's crash east of Millsboro. (Photo: WBOC) Pictured is the car involved in Thursday morning's crash east of Millsboro. (Photo: WBOC)

MILLSBORO, Del.- Delaware State Police say the area around the American Legion Post off John J. Williams Highway east of Millsboro had to be evacuated after a vehicle crashed into a propane tank Thursday morning. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the incident occurred at around 7:35 a.m. as 91-year-old Norman B. Davis, of Millsboro, was operating a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria eastbound on John J. Williams Highway (SR24). Investigators said that for unknown reasons, the car left the south side of the roadway and continued across an open field for nearly 1,400 feet before striking a 1,000-gallon propane tank located behind American Legion Post #28.  The tank became dislodged and struck an adjacent 1,000 gallon tank that remained in place, troopers said. Police said the Crown Victoria continued in an easterly direction before coming to a stop after striking a residential fence and shed.
 
Police said the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene and was able to contain the propane leak by deactivating and dispersing the propane, as well as assist in evacuation of nearby homes due to the leak.
 
Davis, who was police said was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed by the Office of the State Medical Examiner in order to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
 
Troopers said they are trying to determine whether an acute medical condition experienced by Davis was a prime contributing factor in this crash. 

Legion Road was closed for approximately 1 ½ hours while emergency crews and police investigated and cleared the crash.

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