Josephine Peterson, Delaware News Journal Published 11:16 p.m. ET Oct. 2, 2018 | Updated 7:24 a.m. ET Oct. 3, 2018
A trailer carrying a lawn mower became loose on U.S. 13 Tuesday, crossed the median, and crashed into a car, whose 21-year-old driver was thrown from the vehicle.
A truck was pulling the trailer heading north into Harrington near Tower Hill Road, when the trailer detached, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of Delaware State Police.
The newly-separated trailer with a lawn mower steered into the grassy median and crossed it onto oncoming southbound lanes. The trailer hit a car head-on and the 21-year-old driver was thrown from the car.
While airborne, he hit an SUV in the right lane.
The impact also threw the lawn mower into the air, Jaffe said. It landed in the right lane and slipped off to the shoulder.
The truck's driver, a 68-year-old Harrington man was not injured, and the 70-year-old Florida woman driving the SUV was taken to the hospital, where she was treated and released.
The 21-year-old was not wearing a seat belt, Jaffe said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
U.S. 13 was closed for seven and a half hours while police investigated and cleared the highway.
Three months ago on Del. 1, a work truck crossed the median, struck a car, and then a minivan, killing five family members and seriously injuring the sixth.
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One Killed, Another Injured in Harrington Crash
Posted: Oct 02, 2018 9:33 PM EDT Updated: Oct 03, 2018 7:46 AM EDT
[Deadly Crash in Harrington] Deadly Crash in Harrington
Harrington, Del.– Delaware State Police say one person died and another injured in a crash that happened Tuesday on South Dupont Highway in Harrington.
The accident occurred at around noon when a Chevrolet Silverado was traveling northbound on South Dupont Highway toward Harrington. The Silverado was pulling a flatbed trailer with a lawn mower on top. Police said the trailer detached from the Silverado, crossing the grass median and entered into the left southbound lane of South Dupont Highway, where it collided with the front of a Nissan Maxima. The operator of the Maxima was ejected and struck by a Nissan Rogue that was traveling southbound on South Dupont Highway in the right lane.
Additionally, the lawn mower, which was not secured, became airborne on impact with Nissan Maxima. The lawn mower landed in the right southbound lane of South Dupont Highway and slid off to the shoulder of the roadway.
The driver of the Silverado, a 68-year-old man from Harrington was not injured.
The driver of the Maxima, a 21-year-old man from Milford was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Rogue, a 70-year-old woman from Pensacola, Florida, was transported to the Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.
South Dupont Highway in the area of Tower Hill Road was closed for approximately seven and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
This crash continues to remain under investigation by the DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit.
21-year-old Milford man killed in tragic crash near Harrington
Oct 3, 2018 Updated 8 hrs ago
Delaware State Police are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Milford man after a flatbed trailer detached from a truck and entered the path of oncoming traffic on South Dupont Highway.
According to the Delaware State Police Department, the crash occurred around noon Tuesday as a Chevrolet Silverado was traveling northbound on South Dupont Highway towards Harrington.
The Silverado was pulling a flatbed trailer with a lawn mower on top, which detached from the truck, crossed the median, and entered the southbound lane of South Dupont Highway where it collided with the front of a Nissan Maxima.
The Toro lawn mower was not secured and became airborne upon impact, police said.
The driver of the Maxima, a 21-year-old Milford man, was ejected from the vehicle and then struck by a Nissan Rogue that was headed southbound in the right-hand lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his identity is currently pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the Silverado, a 68-year-old Harrington man, was properly restrained and not injured as a result of the crash.
The operator of the Rogue, a 70-year-old Pensacola, Florida woman, was properly restrained and transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.
South Dupont Highway near Tower Hill Road was closed for over seven hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. The incident remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.
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The scene of the death of a 21 year old child
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Why did the trailer come off?
What size ball?
What size hitch?
Single axle trailer?
Double axle trailer?
Commercial Built Trailer?
What Brand of trailer?
What brand of hitch?
What brand of safety chain?
Battery back up?
Last time it was inspected?