RISING SUN — A head-on collision involving a car and a tractor trailer near Rising Sun on Wednesday morning killed a Delaware woman, according to Maryland State Police.
Investigators identified Nicole McIntosh, 42, of Newark, Del., as the woman killed, releasing her name on Thursday morning after waiting for next-of-kin notifications to be completed.
McIntosh had been driving a 1990 Honda Civic in the 1700 block of Conowingo Road, near Horseshoe Road, shortly before 9 a.m. when her vehicle crossed the double yellow line and veered into the oncoming traffic lane, police said.
At that point, police added, the car crashed head-on into a 1996 Peterbilt tractor trailer that was pulling a tanker containing fuel. John VanDyke, 47, of Rising Sun, was driving the tractor trailer, police reported.
The mangled Honda Civic came to rest in westbound lane of the highway and the tractor trailer, which showed little damage, came to rest in a grassy area off the eastbound side of the road.
A Maryland State Police helicopter flew McIntosh to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where a doctor pronounced her dead at 10:50 a.m., approximately two hours after the collision had occurred, police reported.
VanDyke was not injured, according to police.
MSP investigators found an illegal drug, methamphetamine, inside the Honda Civic that McIntosh had been driving and confiscated it, police said. Methamphetamine, also known as “meth,” is a highly addictive stimulant.
The crash forced emergency workers to close a section of Conowingo Road for several hours, allowing for an on-scene investigation by MSP’s Accident Reconstruction Team. Also on scene were members of the Cecil County HAZ-MAT Team, which reportedly was there to oversee the transfer of fuel from the truck that had been involved in the crash to another tanker.