TAUNTON – Police are investigating a Monday morning crash on County Street that sent one man to the hospital and resulted in a traffic jam and detour.
Police say a Chrysler 300 driven by 40-year-old Matthew Kalman of Taunton was heading north past the former CVS at 636 County St. (Route 140), when it veered into the path of an oncoming commercial panel truck.
Kalman was taken to Morton Hospital where he was treated and released, according to Morton spokeswoman Julie Masci.
The driver of the panel truck was uninjured, police said.
Kalman’s car first hit the front end of the truck and then struck its rear end, so that it “snapped the rear axle,” according to Taunton Police crash reconstructionist Lt. Paul Roderick.
Roderick said the fire department had difficulty using the Jaws of Life to extract the victim from his crushed vehicle.
Roderick said the accident, which occurred at 8:40 a.m., appears to have been the result of Kalman’s car drifting across the solid yellow lines. “It’s pretty cut and dry,” he said.
Traffic was diverted away from Harts Four Corners down Hart Street for close to an hour.