One Air Lifted From Early Morning Tractor Crash In Hartly - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

One Air Lifted From Early Morning Tractor Crash In Hartly

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HARTLY, Del. - A Clayton man was injured during an accident involving a large tractor, and a car in Hartly on Friday morning.

Delaware State Police say around 5:30 AM, 52-year-old William Szelestei, of Hartly was driving a 1983 John Deere tractor that was pulling a 22' wide soy bean planter, eastbound on Fords Corner Road near Everetts Corner Road. Szelestei noticed an approaching vehicle, and tried to slow to a stop, by pulling to the right hand side of the roadway.

At the same time, 22-year-old Patrick Grubb was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, westbound on Fords Corner Road, when he apparently didn't see the farm machinery, and hit the soybean planter with the front of the car. Police say the impact caused the car to end up underneath the planter, with one of the trailer tires infringing on the driver's side compartment.

Grubb had to be removed from the car by Hartly Volunteer Fire Company, before he was air lifted to Christiana Medical Center where he is currently listed in fair condition. Szelestei was not hurt during the incident.

Troopers say they are still investigating the crash at this time, and no charges have been filed. Police believe that visibility may have been a contributing factor at the time of the crash, due to low light. Fords Corner Road between SR44 and Gibbs Chapel Road was closed for around an hour and a half while Officials investigated and cleared the scene.

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