Drivers involved from Middletown, Dover, Bear and Elkton

The Delaware State Police continue to investigate a multi-vehicle crash in which three people were injured Wednesday afternoon near the Christiana Mall

The crash happened at about 3:19 p.m., as Alfonzo Cruz, 39, of Elkton, Maryland, was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram south on Route 1, said Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale

Just north of Route 273 (Christiana Road), traffic in front of Cruz stopped suddenly due to debris in the road.

Cruz was unable to stop in time, and the front of his truck hit the back of a 2008 BMW 528i driven by a 32-year-old Dover man, Hale said.

The back of Cruz's vehicle was then struck by the front of a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner, driven by a 70-year-old Bear woman.

The rear of the Toyota was hit by the front of a 2017 Rexhall tractor-trailer, driven by a 51-year-old Middletown man.

The force of the impact drove the Toyota into the rear of the Dodge Ram for a second time. The Dodge Ram, driven by Cruz, then went airborne and flipped over before coming to rest in the road, Hale said.

Cruz, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was trapped in his pickup truck for about 15 minutes until he was removed by firefighters. He was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Cruz was cited by police for following too closely, Hale said.

The 32-year-old driver of the BMW from Dover and the 70-year-old operator of the Toyota from Bear were both properly restrained at the time of the crash, and were treated by paramedics at the scene. They were then transported to the Christiana Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, Hale said.

There were no other injuries reported.

Southbound Route 1 was closed while the crash was investigated and cleared.