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Driver Injured In Freak Crash Involving Massive Farm Tractor In Delaware

Aftermath of crash involving John Deere tractor and car in Delaware on July 18th, 2014. (credit: Delaware State Police)

Aftermath of crash involving John Deere tractor and car in Delaware on July 18th, 2014. (credit: Delaware State Police)

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By Steve Beck

HARTLY, Del. (CBS) — A driver somehow escaped serious injury after a crash involving a massive piece of farm equipment in Delaware early Friday morning.

The bizarre accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. on Fords Corner Road in Hartly, Delaware.

According to investigators, William Szelestei was operating a 1983 John Deere tractor pulling a soy bean planter (approximately 22’ wide) eastbound on Fords Corner Road and was attempting to slow to a stop and pull to the right as he saw an approaching vehicle.

Patrick Grubb, 22, was driving westbound on Fords Corner Road approaching the farm machinery and failed to see the equipment across the road, striking the soy bean planter with the front of his car.

The impact caused the car to ride under the planter equipment and come to a stop with one of the trailer tires encroaching into the driver’s side compartment.

Grubb had to be extricated and was flown to Christiana Medical Center where he is currently listed in fair condition.

Szelestei was not injured.

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

So far, no charges have been filed.

The crash remains under investigation.

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