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One Killed in Milford Crash

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MILFORD, Del.- Delaware State Police say a man was killed and his stepdaughter left seriously injured following a Tuesday early evening crash collision between a car and a tractor-trailer hauling chickens.

Police that at around 8:30 p.m. 56-year-old Jeffrey L. Akins of Harrington was operating a Mountaire tractor-trailer fully loaded with live chickens westbound on New Wharf Road. Investigators said the truck came to a stop at the intersection with Bay Road (SR1) northbound before accelerating across the northbound lanes, at which point the emergency air line supply to the trailer malfunctioned, locking the trailer wheels. Troopers said this caused the truck and trailer to come to a stop in the road, blocking the north bound lanes. Investigators said Akins attempted to drag the trailer out of the road with the tractor, but before he could do so, a 2000 Honda CRX operated by 32-year-old Jason D. Johnson Jr. of Harrington, which was traveling northbound in the left lane of SR1, struck the tailer between the left rear tandem wheels and went underneath it.

Police said Johnson, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say Johnson's 9-year-old stepdaughter, who was also properly restrained, was removed from the scene by EMS and initially treated at Milford Memorial Hospital, but later transferred to A.I. DuPont where she is listed in serious but stable condition.

Akins was properly restrained and was not injured in the collision, according to police.

The DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this incident. 

Bay Road northbound at New Wharf was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

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