Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that occurred on Sussex Highway (Route 13) south of Seaford Saturday afternoon.

The incident occurred around noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, as a 60-year-old Parsonsburg, Maryland man was operating a 2015 Ford Focus southbound on Route 13 in the left lane, south of Brickyard Road. A 29-year-old Laurel man was operating a 2004 Honda Pilot southbound on Route 13 in the right lane and was in the process of passing the Ford Focus when, for unknown reasons, the Pilot suddenly swerved to the left and struck the Focus. 

After impact, the Focus was redirected into the grass median where it came to a stop, upright. The Pilot spun out through the median and rolled across the northbound lanes before coming to a stop upright in a ditch.

The operator of the Focus was properly restrained and uninjured. The operator of the Pilot was properly restrained as well, but was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was then airlifted to Christiana Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Drugs and alcohol are not considered a factor on behalf of the operator of the Ford Focus. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor on behalf of the operator of the Pilot.

Route 13 northbound, between Airport Road and Brickyard Road, was restricted to one lane for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.