Hartly firefighters rescue Clayton man from crash

A Clayton man was cut out of his damaged vehicle by Hartly volunteer firefighters following an early morning crash near Hartly.

The injured man, identified as Patrick Grubb, 22, has been admitted to Christiana Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition.

The accident occurred at 5:30 a.m. July 18, on Fords Corner Road, north of Hartly, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

According to the police investigation, William Szelestei, 52, of Hartly, was driving a John Deere tractor and pulling a 22-foot-wide soybean planter when he spotted Grubb’s oncoming Chevrolet Impala and tried to pull to the right and stop to allow the Impala to pass.

Grubb apparently failed to see the farm equipment and hit the planter; the impact caused the car to ride under the planter equipment with one of the trailer tires running over the driver’s side compartment of the car.

Szelestei was not hurt, Fournier said.

Troopers are continuing their investigation into this incident and no charges have been filed. 

At the time of the crash, visibility may have been a contributing factor due to low light.

Fords Corner Road between Del. Route 44 and Gibbs Chapel Road was closed for approximately one and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.