Delaware State Police are investigating a multiple-vehicle collision that closed southbound Route 1 near Middletown for five hours Wednesday evening.

Delaware State Police are investigating a multiple-vehicle collision that closed southbound Route 1 near Middletown for five hours Wednesday evening.

The crash occurred around 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, on southbound Route 1 south of Route 299, east of Middletown, said Sgt. Richard D. Bratz

Police received a report that a car, a red Chrysler 200, was traveling in a reckless manner while driving north on Route 1 and had cut off a Honda CRV traveling north on Route 1.

After the Chrysler cut off the Honda, the Honda swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid striking the rear bumper of the Chrysler. The Chrysler applied its brakes to decrease speed for traffic ahead.

Once the Honda swerved to the right to change lanes, the front passenger side struck the driver side of a Chevrolet Cobalt which was in the right lane.

This caused both vehicles to swerve left across the grass center median and into the left lane of southbound Route 1.

The front bumper of the Chevrolet Cobalt struck the driver side of a Mercury Milan, causing it to spin.

The Honda CRV struck the driver side of an Old Dominion Freight Liner tractor trailer with two trailers attached carrying non-perishable food. The impact from the Honda CRV caused the tractor trailer to jackknife, which caused the second trailer to overturn.

Daniel Murray III, 21, of Aston, Pennsylvania, the driver of the Honda CRV, was transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Michael Gonzales-Romero, 17, of Newark, driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt, was transported to the Middletown Emergency Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Brittany Schatz, 30, of Bear, driver of the Mercury Milan, was transported to the Middletown Emergency Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Guy Dillion, 32, of Clayton, driver of the tractor trailer, was not injured.

Route 1 southbound in the area of the collisions was closed for about five hours as the crash was investigated and cleared, Bratz said.

This crash is still under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Troop 9 at 302-365-8453. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 and on the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.