Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal accident on I-495 in Claymont early Christmas Day.

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal accident on I-495 in Claymont early Christmas Day.

The accident happened just after 1 a.m. one mile south of the exit for Philadelphia Pike. Jose Rodriguez, 27, of Wilmington was killed when his 2004 Ford Explorer swerved, hit a guardrail and flipped over several times. Rodriguez was thrown from the vehicle and then struck by other vehicles on the road.

A passenger, Merry L. Ortiz, 28, of Wilmington, was taken to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the cause of the crash. I-495 northbound was closed for about four hours while troopers cleared the roadway.