Snow continues to blanket Sussex County as TV Delmarva News receives reports of several crashes and countless incidents of disabled vehicles as road conditions increasingly deteriorate across Delaware.
A layer of ice and snow created hazardous driving conditions Monday morning all the way from central Kent County to the southernmost portions of Sussex County.
On Route 113 southbound, heading from Milford to Georgetown, TV Delmarva’s Colin Walls was out and about to get a real-time view of road conditions and encountered multiple crashes, including an incident at the Redden Road intersection where a car appeared to have slid off the road and hit a utility pole.
Further north, in Kent County, road conditions rapidly deteriorated on Route 1 south of the toll plaza as snow continued to fall, multiple vehicles pulled over with their hazards displayed. TV Delmarva News also received reports of a crash on southbound Route 1 near Route 8 due to icy conditions.
Just off the highway, in Camden-Wyoming, there were several reports of disabled vehicles and at least one report of a serious, and possibly fatal crash on southbound Firetower Road near Berrytown Road where a car reportedly ran off the road and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to be engulfed in flames with reports of someone trapped inside.
In Sussex County, a mix of snow and ice created hazardous conditions on Route 1 near Milton where there were reports of a serious crash in the area of Deep Branch Road and Broadkill Road. Shore News Beacon reports that the crash involved two vehicles, one of which was reportedly lodged under a tanker truck.
As road conditions continue to deteriorate as snowfall estimates rise across the state, motorists are advised to slow down and adjust their driving to the conditions, leaving plenty of space between other vehicles as stopping distances increase greatly on snow-and ice-covered roads, allow for extra time to reach destinations, and give snow plows plenty of room to work.
Expect snowfall rates of up to two inches per hour through the rest of the morning which will combine with increasing winds to produce near zero visibility at times.
The DelDOT snow plow tracker will be active during the storm and is available via the DelDOT smartphone app and www.deldot.gov under the interactive maps icon. DelDOT also has more than 200 traffic cameras that are available to view road conditions around the state.