Ellendale man seriously injured in single-car crash

ELLENDALE — The Delaware State Police investigated a serious crash that occurred south of Ellendale early Saturday.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., as a 57-year-old man from Ellendale was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata southbound on South Old State Road approaching the intersection with U.S. 113. The vehicle exited the west side of the road and gradually drifted farther off the road, with all four tires eventually exiting the roadway.

The Sonata began to rotate counterclockwise and re-entered the roadway, crossing both lanes before exiting the east side of the road. The vehicle then struck a tree stump with its front bumper. After impact, the vehicle began to rotate on the soft grass before coming to a stop. The driver exited the vehicle and collapsed a short distance from the vehicle.

The driver, who was the sole occupant, was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Christiana Hospital with life threatening injuries. Sgt. Bratz said alcohol appears to be a factor in this collision.

The Delaware State Police is continuing their investigation into this incident.

South Old State Road in the area of the crash was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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