A 54-year-old Townsend man was allegedly drinking and driving when he caused a fiery crash near Middletown on Thursday evening.
The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. when Robert L. Floyd’s 2002 Saturn rear-ended a 1995 Jeep Cherokee that had broken down in the westbound lane of Middletown-Odessa Road near the Del. Route 1 overpass, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day.
The collision caused the Jeep’s gas tank to catch fire, but an Odessa Fire Company engine en route to a townhouse fire in Middletown’s nearby Lone Manor neighborhood was able to respond and quickly extinguished the blaze, police and fire officials said.
Floyd and the driver of the Jeep, a 41-year-old New Castle man who was in the vehicle when the collision occurred, were both taken to Christiana Hospital with minor injuries and later released, Day said.
Floyd was issued a summons charging him with DUI, as well as failing to have proof of insurance in his possession.