FAIRHAVEN — An 87-year-old Swansea man drove on the wrong side of Route 195 Sunday afternoon, causing another driver to veer off the highway and strike a tree, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

 

On Sunday afternoon about 3:20 p.m., State Police received a report of a wrong-way driver on Route 195, traveling westbound in the eastbound travel lanes in Mattapoisett, according to a statement from state police.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brendan Roper indicates that an 87-year-old Swansea man was traveling the wrong way on Route 195 in Mattapoisett, going westbound in the eastbound lanes, in a 2011 Toyota Camry, police said.

 

The vehicle continued into Fairhaven and a 28-year-old New Bedford woman, traveling eastbound in a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, drove off the left side of the roadway into the median to avoid a collision and subsequently struck a tree, according to police.

 

Shortly after that, Fairhaven Police stopped the wrong-way driver on Route 195 in Fairhaven. The man 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, according to the press release.

 

The New Bedford woman was transported to Tobey Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released.

 

State Police were assisted on scene by Mattapoisett Fire and EMS.


— Aimee Chiavaroli