Del. man killed in I-95 crash

Ac­ci­dent in­volved box truck

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Delaware man was killed in a two-ve­hi­cle crash on south­bound In­ter­state 95 on Fri­day morn­ing, po­lice re­ported.

Mary­land State Po­lice iden­ti­fied the de­ceased man as Joseph Mad­dams Jr., 33, of Wilm­ing­ton, Del.

Mad­dams was driv­ing an Isuzu box truck at about 8:50 a.m. on Fri­day when a Toy­ota Camry struck the truck in the rear, caus­ing it to skid off the road into the me­dian, re­ported Cpl. Alan Flaugher, of the JKF Bar­rack in Per­ryville. The box truck then over­turned and Mad­dams was ejected from the ve­hi­cle.

Both ve­hi­cles were trav­el­ing in the same lane when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened, po­lice said.

Mad­dams was treated at the scene and trans­ported to Chris­tiana Hospi­tal in Chris­tiana, Del., by a Mary­land State Po­lice mede­vac he­li­copter, Flaugher said. He was pro­nounced dead at the hospi­tal.

The driver of the pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle, Michael Fraser, 20, of Arlington, Va., re­fused med­i­cal treat­ment at the scene of the ac­ci­dent, Flaugher re­ported.

He­len Ross, of We­ston, Fla., came upon the scene sec­onds af­ter it hap­pened and be­fore any emer­gency ve­hi­cles had ar­rived. Ross had left the Philadel­phia area early Fri­day morn­ing af­ter vis­it­ing friends and was on her way home to Florida

ELK­TON

when she ar­rived at the af­ter­math.

“I wanted to see if I could help and I wasn’t alone,” Ross said. “Sev­eral peo­ple ap­proached to give aid.”

Ross de­scribed kneel­ing next to the man who was not con­scious.

“I just held his hand and rubbed his back,” she said. “I want his fam­ily to know he was not alone.”

Af­ter Ross gave a writ­ten state­ment to the po­lice and af­ter the he­li­copter left, she fi­nally left the scene.

“I was hop­ing he’d make it,” she said.

The crash, which hap­pened at mile marker 106.4, shut down all lanes of south­bound I- 95 be­tween Elk­ton and North East as state po­lice landed the he­li­copter. Traf­fic backed up for miles re­port­edly into Delaware, and caused ma­jor con­ges­tion in al­ter­na­tive routes.

Traf­fic re­sumed nor­mal op­er­a­tion around noon Fri­day.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash is on­go­ing, Flaugher re­ported. No charges have been filed at this time.

Re­porter Ch­eryl Mattix con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KRIS MUSSELMAN/CCFB

A Delaware man was killed Fri­day af­ter the box truck he was driv­ing on In­ter­state 95 was rear-ended and over­turned, eject­ing him from the ve­hi­cle.

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