Police: Man dead after two-vehicle crash in Laurel

A fatal car crash remains under investigation, after troopers say a man died following the head-on crash that happened in Laurel.

According to Delaware State Police, at 8:00 PM on Thursday evening, a 37-year-old Laurel man was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota southbound on Laurel Road (S.R. 24), approaching the intersection of Jestice Farm Road (C.R. 449A.) A 2013 Infiniti J.X.35, being driven by a 31-year-old Laurel man, was traveling westbound, approaching the Dakota.

As the two vehicles met, the Dakota, for unknown reasons, left its lane and went into the westbound lane, directly into the path of the Infiniti. Trying to avoid the crash, the driver of the Infiniti reportedly swerved to the right, leaving the roadway and going into a field. The Dakota traveled through the westbound lane and shoulder, striking the front center of the Infiniti head on, in the field

After impact, the Dakota was apparently forced into a clockwise rotation, coming to rest partially on the shoulder. The Infiniti stopped in the same area as the impact, in the field.

The driver of the Dakota, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken from the scene and transported by E.M.S to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld while his family is notified.

The driver of the Infiniti who was wearing a seat belt, was removed from the scene and transported by E.M.S. to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

A 32-year-old female passenger in the Infiniti was also transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she has been admitted with non-life threatening injuries.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash.

It's unclear if alcohol or drugs were a factor on behalf of the driver of the Dakota. Laurel Road was shut down for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. No charges have been filed at this time.

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