Police: Man dies in car crash after driving wrong way on Del. 1

BEAR — A Wilmington man driving in the wrong lane died early Friday when his vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on Del. 1 just south of Route 40/Pulaski Highway.

Delaware State Police said the 29-year-old motorist was driving a 2017 Kia Niro at about 1:24 a.m. when he collided with a 2010 Kenworth tractor trailer.

The motorist, whose name has not yet been released, was driving south in a northbound lane of Del. 1, state police said.

Although the 34-year-old Harrington man operating the tractor trailer attempted to avoid the collision, the Kia slammed head-on into it, police said.

After the crash, one end of the Kia came to rest on top of the guardrail separating the north and southbound lanes after the driver, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they have not yet determined if he was impaired.

The tractor-trailer driver was not injured and impairment on his behalf is not a factor in the crash.

Del. 1 northbound was closed for approximately 6 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared. The southbound lanes were closed for about four hours.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 365-8486, call Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or go to http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.


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