Milford man, 21, killed in collision on US 13

HARRINGTON —- A 21-year-old Milford man died Tuesday when a trailer detached from a truck on U.S. 13, crossed the median and struck the vehicle he was driving, Delaware State Police said.

The incident took place at noon near Tower Hill Road, which closed part of U.S. 13 for 7 1/2 hours as the Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated and cleared the scene, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Police said preliminary investigation determined a Chevrolet Silverado pulling a flatbed trailer with a Toro lawn mower on top was traveling north on U.S 13 toward the town of Harrington when the trailer detached. The trailer traveled into the southbound lane and hit the front of the Maxima, authorities said.

The Maxima driver was ejected from his vehicle and struck by a Nissan Rogue traveling south on U.S. 13 in the right lane, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The lawn mower was not secured and went airborne when it hit the Maxima, landing in the right southbound lane of U.S. 13 before sliding off to the roadway’s shoulder, police said.

The Maxima driver, who police said was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Identification was pending notification of next of kin, Cpl. Jaffe said.

A 70-year-old woman from Pensacola, Florida was driving the Rogue and wearing a seat belt, police said. She was transported to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, treated and released, according to authorities.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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