Clayton woman dies in crash with tractor-trailer

SMYRNA — A 24-year-old Clayton woman died in a vehicle crash Monday morning at the intersection of U.S. 13 and Brenford Road, Delaware State Police said.

Rahvey Vails was driving a 2011 Nissan Versa that struck a tractor-trailer on its left side with its right front bumper at approximately 6 a.m., according to preliminary investigation. The impact caused the Versa to be redirected into a steel light pole, and then into another larger steel light pole. Following the impact with the larger steel light pole, the Versa overturned onto its right side for its final resting place, police said. The tractor trailer came to rest in the intersection of U.S. 13 and Brenford Road.

Ms. Vails was wearing her seatbelt and pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, State Police said. Authorities said potential impairment on her behalf was not immediately known.

Police said that an International tractor trailer was pulling a loaded trailer, attempting to make a right turn from U.S. 13 onto westbound Brenford Road. Due to the length of the trailer, police said, the driver had to complete the right turn from the right lane of U.S. 13, outside of the right turn lane.

The Nissan Versa was approaching the tractor trailer from the rear, and began to pass the tractor trailer by entering into the dedicated right turn lane when the collision occurred, police said.

The tractor trailer driver, a 73-year-old man from Maryland, was wearing his seatbelt and did not sustain any injuries from the crash. Impairment did not appear to be a factor on his behalf, police said.

The crash remained under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

U.S. 13 at the intersection with Brenford Road was closed for approximately five hours while the investigation was completed and the roadway was cleared.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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