Driver tried to avoid deer

State police are investigating a crash involving an overturned tractor trailer that closed Summit Bridge Road for 14 hours between Marl Pit Road and Boyds Corner Road.

Police said the incident occurred at about 1:54 a.m., today, Thursday, Dec. 28, on Summit Bridge Road, south of Old School House Road, Middletown.

The road was reopened at 4 p.m. the same day.

A tractor trailer, operated by a 34-year-old North Carolina man, was traveling north on Summit Bridge Road when a deer crossed the roadway, directly in front of his vehicle.

The driver swerved to avoid striking the deer and lost control of the tractor trailer which overturned.

Prior to the vehicle coming to rest, the trailer struck and snapped a Delmarva Power utility pole, causing damage to a transformer. The tractor trailer, which was hauling assorted produce, came to rest, blocking all lanes of Summit Bridge Road.

The driver, as well as a 56-year-old passenger, also from North Carolina, were able to exit the vehicle under their own power, prior to being transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Delmarva Power crews also are on scene making repairs to the utility pole.

The police investigation continues, and no charges have been filed at this time.

New Castle County Paramedics and Middletown’s Volunteer Hose Company were dispatched to the scene, said Paramedic First Class Yvonne T. Russell.

The first patient, 34-year-old man, suffered injuries to his chest and the second patient, 56-year-old man, suffered injuries to his leg, Russell said.

Both patients were in stable condition at the time of transport to Christiana Hospital, Russell said.

For traffic updates as well as road closure information log onto http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/index.shtml#advisories.