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Fatal Crash on Sunday Night Claims the Life of a Mardela Man



Traffic Crash

The Maryland State Police Crash Investigation Team is investigating a fatal crash on Sunday Night in Mardela Springs, Maryland that tragically took the life of a 39-year old man.

On Sunday evening, September 12, 2021, at approximately 8:50 PM, the Maryland State Police-Salisbury Barrack dispatched Troopers to the area of 10763 Sharptown Road in Mardela Springs, Wicomico County, Maryland, for the report of a single-vehicle collision involving an ejection.

Upon MSP Trooper’s arrival, they observed a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck on its roof in the yard at 10763 Sharptown Road. Paramedics and Fire crews of the Mardela Springs Fire Department had already arrived on the scene prior to the Troopers’ arrival and observed the sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Ronald Alan Nichols, laying outside the vehicle on the opposite side of the driveway. Nichols was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the blue Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck was traveling southbound on Maryland RT 313-Sharptown Road, in the area of Scott Bennett Road.

For unknown reasons, the blue Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck failed to navigate the curve in the roadway and traveled off of the roadway to the right.

The blue Chevrolet struck a guardrail end and traveled down an embankment, eventually entering a drained ditch and striking a drainage culvert.

The vehicle with Nichols rolled several times, eventually ejecting Nichols from the passenger compartment. The blue Chevrolet continued across the driveway before coming to its final resting position on its roof.

The cab was removed off of the frame of the vehicle as a result of the sequence of events.

A Maryland State Police Accident Collision Investigator (ACI – reconstructionist) was called to the scene and has taken the lead into the causation of the collision.

All roadways have been reopened after closure for investigative purposes. The case remains open and the investigation continues.

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