13-year-old girl killed in crash near Millsboro

A 13-year-old girl has died following a serious crash near Millsboro.

According to the Delaware State Police Department, the crash occurred around 1:11 p.m., Monday as a 2006 Jeep Liberty, operated by a 17-year-old girl from Frankford, was traveling northbound on Hollyville Road, approaching the intersection at Harmony Cemetery Road. At the same time, a 2016 Freightliner flatbed truck was traveling southbound in the same vicinity. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Jeep lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane, and began rotating in counterclockwise rotation, exposing the passenger side. 

Police say the driver of the Freightliner, a 26-year-old Salisbury, Maryland man, applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision, but the front of the truck struck the passenger side of the Jeep. After impact, the Jeep was forced off the west side of the road. The Freightliner was redirected off the west side of the road and struck a tree.

The driver of the Jeep was transported to Beebe hospital and treated for minor injuries. There was a 13-year-old girl in the front seat. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The road was closed for over three hours while the investigation was completed and the roadway was cleared.

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