Elderly Wrong-Way Driver Causes Crash on 195
An elderly driver drove the wrong way down Route 195 Sunday afternoon, causing another vehicle to crash before finally being stopped.
Massachusetts State Police say they received a report at about 3:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon of a wrong-way operator on Route 195, traveling in the eastbound travel lanes in Mattapoisett.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brendan Roper indicates that an 87-year-old Swansea man was traveling the wrong-way on Route 195, westbound in the eastbound, in Mattapoisett in a 2011 Toyota Camry.
When the vehicle continued into Fairhaven, a 28-year-old New Bedford woman, who was traveling eastbound in a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median to avoid a collision, and subsequently struck a tree.
A short time later, Fairhaven Police stopped the wrong-way operator on Route 195 in Fairhaven.
The driver of the Chrysler was transported to Tobey Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.
The operator of the Toyota was issued a criminal summons for Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. State Police also filed an immediate threat notification with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
State Police were assisted on scene by Mattapoisett Fire and EMS.
--Massachusetts State Police