Wrong-way driver killed in fiery crash on I-95

New Jersey Truck Crash Lawyer, Jeffery Hark

A wrong-way driver was killed early Thursday in a fiery crash with a tractor-trailer on I-95 near Newark, state police said.

The name of the driver, whose 2006 Chevrolet Impala was headed south in northbound lanes, is being withheld until his family is notified, Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale said.

The front of his car hit the northbound tractor-trailer that was in the EZ Pass lanes, Hale said.

He was trapped inside as his car was engulfed in fire after the 2:19 a.m. crash with a tractor-trailer just north of the Del. 896 exit near the toll plaza, Hale said.

The impact pushed his car onto the northbound left shoulder, where the Chevrolet Impala to burst into flames, he said.

The crash also tore off the front axle off the Freightliner truck, driven by Francisco E. Corona, 30, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, he said.

A northbound car, driven by Jerry A. Webster, 36, of Stony Point, New York, then ran into the displaced axle, but was not injured, Hale said.

After crews from Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company of Newark put out the car fire, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Paramedic Cpl. Michael A. McColley said.

The truck driver was treated at the scene for multiple head cuts and taken to Christiana Hospital for further evaluation, McColley said.

He and the driver of the car that hit his axle were properly restrained at the time of the crash, Hale said, but the driver who was killed was not.

His body was turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences for identification and autopsy to determine his cause of death, he said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit, Hale said.

Originally published here by DelawareOnline.com

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