The state trooper from Troop 9 in Odessa was driving on U.S. Route 13 to the Roth Bridge for a report of a suicidal person when the collision happened at the intersection of Pole Bridge Road/Boyds Corner Road.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash involving a state trooper that occurred Tuesday night.
At about 6:29 p.m., a trooper assigned from Troop 9 in Odessa was responding to the Roth Bridge on Route 1 for a report of a suicidal person possibly about to jump off the bridge.
The trooper was driving a fully-marked Delaware State Police Chevrolet Tahoe with its lights and siren activated on U.S. Route 13 northbound in the right lane. He proceeded through the intersection at Pole Bridge Road. The traffic light for U.S. 13 northbound was cycled to red.
A 61-year-old Yeadon, Pennsylvania man was driving a 2007 Jeep Compass west on Pole Bridge Road approaching the intersection with U.S. 13.
The traffic light for westbound Pole Bridge Road had just cycled to yellow when the Jeep proceeded into the intersection with the intent to continue westbound to Boyds Corner Road.
As both vehicles entered the intersection, the front end of the Jeep struck the right, rear side of the trooper's Tahoe. After the collision the Tahoe came to rest on the southbound side of the intersection, facing north. The Jeep came to rest on the southbound side of the intersection, facing east.
The trooper, who was properly restrained, was transported to the Christiana Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Jeep, who was also properly restrained, wasn't injured.
Impairment is not a factor on behalf of either operator, police said.
Both the U.S. 13 northbound and southbound lanes were restricted to a single lane of travel as the crash was investigated and cleared.
As for the initial report, the Roth Bridge area was checked by police and no one was located.
The investigation is ongoing with further details being released as they become available.