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Police: Driver Cited After Fiery Tractor-trailer Crash in Camden

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CAMDEN, Del.-  The driver of a tractor-trailer was cited on Wednesday for inattentive driving after he was involved in a fiery, multi-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 13 in Camden, Delaware State Police said.

Calvin Anderson, 66, of Gales Ferry, Con.., was operating a 2003 Freightliner Century ST with a trailer in the right northbound lane of South DuPont Highway in the area of Thomas Harmon Drive about 9:44 a.m. when he failed to see stopped traffic at a red light, said M/Cpl. Gary Fournier, a Delaware State Police Spokesman.

The tractor-trailer struck the back trailer of a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck, causing the second vehicle to move forward and strike a Mercedes-Benz GLK350, according to Fournier.

The tractor-trailer then swerved into the left lane and struck the rear of a 2008 Ford Escape and redirected back to the right lane where it again struck the trailer and pick up truck before coming to a stop and bursting into flames, Fournier said.

"There was a big, huge fireball," said Kathi Thomas of Camden, who was eating at the Bob Evans in the nearby Camden Town Center when the crash happened.

Bystanders said the scene was chaotic as the tractor-trailer became engulfed in a fireball that eventually engulfed wires holding traffic lights, causing the devices to come crashing to the ground.

"There were several firefighters and police officers in the intersection when the lights came down," said Chris Sipple, a manager at the Bob Evans.

Most of the operators and passengers involved in the crash were taken to Kent General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Crews quickly began working on the charred remains of this tractor-trailer once the fire had been contained, though the highway was shut down for in both directions for several hours and work to repair the intersection continued into the evening.

 

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