A Marydel, Del. man, identified as Charles J. Tucker, 33, has been hospitalized in critical condition following a crash on I-495.
The crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. Aug. 20, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.
Tucker was a passenger in a 2007 Ford pickup that was pulling a utility trailer carrying an unsecured fiberglass pickup truck bed liner. During the drive, the bed liner came loose and flew onto the roadway.
The driver, identified as Steven W. Schwan, 38, of Hartly, pulled over into the left travel lane and got out of the truck, along with Tucker., Shvack said.
As Tucker was standing on the left shoulder between the trailer and a concrete barrier wall, a 2005 Pontiac Vibe, driven by Phillip C. Amaro, 39, of Media, Pa., was traveling in the left lane and hit the rear of the trailer. The impact rotated the trailer to where it hit Tucker, who was thrown approximately 10 feet into the air, landing on the left shoulder of the roadway.
Tucker was airlifted to Christiana Trauma Center, where he was admitted in critical condition suffering from multiple trauma injuries.
Neither Schwan nor Amaro was injured.
The northbound lanes of I-495 northbound lanes were closed and I-495 southbound was restricted to one lane of travel for more than two hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
Troopers continue to investigate this crash with charges pending at the conclusion of the investigation.