Fuel tanker overturns, closes Route 1

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A tanker truck carrying fuel has overturned near Townsend, which has closed Route 1 in both directions, snarling traffic and causing extended delays. Currently State Route 1 northbound is closed at Exit 119 in Smyrna and State Route 1 southbound is closed at Exit 136 in Middletown.

This will be an extended closure in both directions as it is a HAZMAT situation and some evacuations are expected.

Delaware State Police are currently on scene of a crash involving a gas tanker which occurred this morning around 8:20 AM.  If youre travelling north in the next few hours, Expect lengthy delays in the area and seek alternate routes of travel.