A 41-year-old New Castle man is dead after crashing into an occupied Caterpillar Excavator that was sitting in the I-95 median construction zone.
Claymont (DE): The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that occurred at approximately 5:58 Thursday evening on I-95 south of Naamans Road in Claymont.
“A 2004 Ford F-150 pickup operated by a 41-year-old New Castle man was traveling in the construction zone northbound on I-95 south of Naamans Road, Claymont. A Caterpillar Excavator operated by a 64-year-old Hagerstown, Maryland man was working within the construction site in the area, off the left shoulder, and within the grassy center median.”, said police spokeswoman Heather Pepper. “For unknown reasons, the Ford Pickup drifted out of the lane of travel and into the median.”
“The front of the Ford Pickup struck the rear of the stationary Excavator. The impact caused the Ford Pickup to spin in a counterclockwise direction before coming to rest facing southwest across both northbound lanes of I-95. As a result of the collision, the operator of the Ford Pickup was trapped in the vehicle for approximately 30 minutes and had to be extracted by the fire department.”, Pepper said.
“Once freed, the operator was transported to Christiana Hospital for life-threatening injuries. Several hours later, he died from his injuries. The operator of the Excavator was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.”, Pepper said.
During the on-scene investigation, northbound I-95 in the vicinity of Naamans Road was closed.
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