A 54-year-old Townsend man died Tuesday after an airborne minivan landed on top of his car on southbound Interstate 495, just north of Edgemoor Road.
Steven V. Carbone was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day.
The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. when 18-year-old New Castle resident Orvic Ayllon attempted to steer his 2002 Pontiac Montana from the left lane of I-495 into the lane to his right, before realizing another vehicle was trying to change lanes into the same space, Day said.
Ayllon reportedly pulled the wheel back to the left lane and lost control of the minivan, causing it to drive into the grass median before striking a guardrail between the north and southbound lanes.
The minivan became airborne and flew into the left lane of southbound I-495, where it landed on top of Carbone's 2011 Mazda 3 driven by the Townsend man, Day said.
The Pontiac continued north before coming to rest on its roof, while the Mazda came to a stop against the guardrail.
Ayllon and his 19-year-old passenger Luis Ayllon of New Castle were taken to Christiana Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
All three people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, Day said.
The crash remains under investigation and no charges had been filed as of 5 p.m. Wenesday night.
Lanes on both sides of I-495 were closed for about four hours while police investigated the crash and cleared the scene.