Crash claims the life of Pennsylvania man near Lewes

A Pennsylvania man has died following a serious crash this morning near Lewes.

According to the Delaware State Police Department, the crash occurred around 8:53 a.m., Tuesday as a 2015 Chrysler 200, operated by a 37-year-old Port Royal, Pennsylvania man, was headed westbound on John J. Williams Hwy, approaching the intersection of Mulberry Knoll Road. 

At the same time, a 2005 Cadillac Escalade, operated by a 42-year-old Salisbury, Maryland man, was traveling eastbound in the same vicinity.

For unknown reasons, police say the Chrysler drove onto the westbound shoulder and struck numerous traffic barrels before quickly re-entering the roadway and crossing into the eastbound lane, directly into the path of the Cadillac. 

In an attempt to avoid a collision, the driver of the Cadillac swerved slightly to the right and the front center of the Chrysler struck the front left side of the Cadillac in the eastbound lane, a near head-on collision. 

The Chrysler was forced into a clockwise rotation before coming to stop in the westbound lane. The Cadillac was forced off the road, coming to a stop in an open farm field.

The 37-year-old driver of the Chrysler 200 was not properly restrained and was transported by EMS to Beebe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.

The 42-year-old Cadillac Escalade operator was properly restrained and uninjured in the crash.

The area of the crash was closed for around two-and-a-half hours while the crash was investigated and then cleared.

Prior to the collision, the Chrysler was reported by numerous witnesses driving erratically and going the wrong way on Coastal Highway before turning onto John J. Williams Highway, according to police.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

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