A 24-year-old Bear man has been charged with inattentive driving after allegedly causing a three-vehicle crash that caused his SUV fall nearly 20 feet onto a nearby golf cart underpass.
Middletown police said the crash occurred just before 2 p.m. on Friday when Harry Deputy drove a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox into the backend of a 2013 Chevrolet Express work van that was stopped at a stop sign on northbound Cedar Lane at the intersection West Whittington Way.
The impact of that collision forced the work van into the rear end of 2003 Volkswagen Passat also was stopped at stop sign.
After striking the van, Deputy’s Equinox traveled west off of Cedar Lane Road and through a guardrail fence before tumbling down an embankment and onto its roof next to an underpass tunnel that golf carts from the Frog Hollow Golf Course use to travel under the roadway.
Following the crash, Deputy was taken to Christiana Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries, police said.
The driver of the work van – a 20-year-old Middletown resident – and the driver of the Volkswagen – a 51-year-old Middletown resident – were reportedly treated at the scene for minor injuries. Police have not identified either of those drivers.
All three vehicles sustained major damage and had to be towed from the scene, police said.
A representative from Frog Hollow Golf Course said the underpass remains in use.
A spokeswoman for the town said the damaged fence soon would be replaced, while a contractor will be hired to inspect the concrete embankment as a safety precaution.