Bystanders Rescue Driver From Burning Mail Truck


(Update provided by Delaware State Police Tuesday Morning)

A fiery wreck sends three people to hospitals and engulfs a U.S. Mail delivery truck in flames.

Delaware State Police say at about 5:19 Monday afternoon, the mail truck was traveling westbound on Laurel Road just east of Prettyman Avenue.

For unknown reasons, the mail truck crossed the center line and collided with a van heading eastbound on Laurel Road.

Bystanders rescued the driver from the burning mail truck.

That driver, a 40-year-old Salisbury man, was flown to Christiana Hospital with serious injuries.

Two occupants of the van, a 44-year-old Millsboro man and a male passenger  from Frankord, were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, treated and released.

A portion of Laurel Road was closed for about  four hours because of the crash and investigation.

(Original story)

A head-on crash caused a U.S. Mail truck to catch fire late Monday afternoon and sent several people to hospitals.

The wreck happened on Laurel Road near Old Stage Road, according to the Laurel Fire Department. Bystanders were able to rescue the driver of the mail truck before rescue crews arrived.

One injured person was flown by helicopter to Christiana Hospital for treatment. Two others were driven to local hospitals.

The incident is still under investigation. Laurel Road in the area was shut down for a while due to the accident, vehicle fire and clean-up.