Fatal New Castle, Delaware accident closes southbound I-95 several hours

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal accident along southbound I-95 near New Castle, Delaware.

The multi-vehicle accident occurred Thursday just before 11 a.m. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit was called in to investigate the crash.

Several vehicles associated with a construction project were parked on the shoulder of southbound I-95. The right shoulder was closed and troopers determined the construction scene was clearly labeled as such.

In the initial investigation, troopers were able to say a 31-year-old Newark man was traveling southbound on I-95, close to the construction project near I-295. The vehicle drifted off to the right side of the highway, hitting one of the trucks parked in the construction area. The car traveled forward, hitting an occupied vehicle parked in front of the truck. The car traveled forward, hitting a pedestrian and coming to rest after striking a construction trailer.

A 32-year-old woman traveling in the passenger seat of the crashed vehicle was not restrained. She was rushed to Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver was also transported to Christiana Hospital with injuries not life threatening.

The pedestrian was transported to Christiana Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Occupants of the parked car and truck were not injured.

Southbound I-95 was closed about two and a half hours.

Delaware State Police continue to investigate the accident.