75-year-old killed in crash with tractor-trailer in Ellendale Thursday night

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ELLENDALE, DE – A 75-year-old Ellendale man was killed Thursday night after the vehicle he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Dupont Boulevard.

According to police, at around 7:41 p.m., a white 2015 Freightliner Cascadia pulling a Dorsey flatbed trailer was traveling southbound in the right lane of Dupont Boulevard south of VFW Road.

“At the same time, a blue 2018 Kia Sportage was also traveling southbound on Dupont Boulevard south of VFW Road, approaching the tractor-trailer. The Freightliner had begun to slow down and was turning right onto a private drive,” the Delaware Police Department said in a statement. “For unknown reasons, the operator of the Kia swerved to his right into the shoulder of Dupont Boulevard to try to avoid striking the trailer, but as he did so, the front left of the Kia collided with the rear right axle of the trailer.”

The 75-year-old driver of the shortage, a Hamburg, PA resident, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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The driver of the Freightliner tractor trailer, a 38-year-old woman from Laurel, Delaware, was also properly restrained and did not report any injuries.

No other vehicles were involved in this incident. The roadway was closed for approximately five hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.