Middletown man dies after crashing into back of tractor-trailer Sunday evening

Isabel Hughes // Delaware News Journal

A 53-year-old Middletown man died Sunday evening after crashing into the back of a tractor-trailer near Bear, according to Delaware State Police.

Troopers were called to the intersection of Route 13 and Red Lion Road just before 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports of the wreck.

There, they determined a tractor-trailer was stopped at a red light when the Middletown man, who was driving a Jeep Wrangler, drove up from behind.

When the light turned green, the tractor-trailer began to "slowly" move forward, police said. Police said the Middletown man didn't slow down and hit the back of the trailer.

As a result, the man lost control of the Jeep and it went off the right shoulder and onto a grassy area. It briefly overturned onto its passenger side but righted itself.

The man, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected. He died on scene.

Police said they will identify him once his family has been notified.

The road was closed for about four hours while troopers investigated.

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