- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A tractor-trailer crashed and overturned, closing southbound Interstate 95 in Delaware early Friday after the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel, police said.

The UPS truck overturned on I-95 at Delaware Route 141 just after 4 a.m., police said. The driver of the truck was trapped in the rig for more than an hour, and the wrecked trailer initially stretched across all southbound lanes, blocking traffic. The closure of the highway created a major traffic jam for hours.

After a preliminary investigation, Delaware State Police said the driver of the UPS truck fell asleep while driving and has been issued a traffic citation for inattentive driving. Police identified the driver as 45-year-old Phillip Bates of York, Pennsylvania.

Bates and another driver from a vehicle that struck the wreckage were taken to a hospital. They are expected to survive.

State troopers closed southbound I-95 after the crash for about four hours. Traffic was diverted onto Route 141, and the closure led to a major traffic jam. All lanes of the interstate had reopened by 11:30 a.m.

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