A man is dead after crashing into the back of a tractor trailer left on the side of a highway in Delaware early on Wednesday. 

The incident happened on September 21st just before 1:30 a.m. in Newark, Delaware. 

According to Delaware Online News, the motorist was traveling on Pulaski Highway, otherwise known as Route 40, nearing the intersection with Wilton Boulevard when he drifted onto the right shoulder. The car then struck an unoccupied 2001 Kenworth tractor trailer illegally parked there, causing the car to overturn and eventually land in the nearby treeline. 

Police say that the motorist was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed in the crash. The truck driver has since been cited for leaving an unattended motor vehicle on the shoulder without placing hazard triangles.

“The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident,” said Senior Cpl. Leonard DeMalto. 

Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Sergeant J. Jefferson by calling (302) 365-8484. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

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