Overturned cement truck forces SR 24 road closure

Wet concrete was spilled into a roadside ditch after a cement truck overturned on SR 24 west of Millsboro Saturday morning.

MILLSBORO – A cement truck that overturned several miles west of Millsboro Saturday morning snapped a utility pole and spilled wet cement into a ditch, forcing closure of SR 24 for several hours.

The driver, 29-year-old Jeff Gustin of Delmar, escaped serious injury. Delaware State Police cited Mr. Gustin for careless driving, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

The crash occurred about 6:21 a.m. on SR 24 near Saunders Road.

State police investigation revealed the 2004 cement truck was westbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle. The truck overturned, slid into a Delaware Electric Cooperative utility pole, snapping it in half before coming to a stop on the roadway shoulder.

Wet cement spilled into a roadside ditch.

The barrel of the mixer completely separated from the truck, causing a large indentation on the south edge of the roadway. The asphalt was cracked in numerous spots and the road collapsed into the ditch. Delaware Department of Transportation personnel repaired the damage to the roadway, Sgt. Bratz said.

SR 24 was closed several hours Saturday as crews worked to repair a snapped utility pole and other damage caused when a cement truck overturned.

Delaware Electric Co-op disconnected the power lines from the damaged utility pole and as of late Saturday morning was replacing the pole.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control personnel determined there was no significant environmental hazard due to the cement spill. It was determined that the cement would be left to harden and removed from the ditch later.

SR 24 in the area of the crash was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Mr. Gustin was treated at the scene and transported by EMS to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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