STOW — One person was reportedly injured and Route 8 southbound was closed down for about 90 minutes early Tuesday afternoon after a flatbed tow truck struck the rear of a car slowing in traffic just south of Seasons Road, said Police Capt. Bryan Snavely.
Snavely said the crash was reported at about noon.
"The truck pushed the [Toyota Camry] over 300 feet after impact and spinning it, it struck the median wall repeatedly and sustained significant damage to the vehicle," said Snavely, adding the the car was facing northbound by the time it came to a rest.
Snavely said both the driver and a passenger in the car were trapped and the Stow Fire Department freed them. He said the driver was taken to Akron City Hospital while the passenger declined treatment and rode to the hospital in the ambulance with the driver.
Snavely did not have any information about the driver’s condition. He said no injuries were reported to the tow truck’s driver, who was cited with assured clear distance ahead.
Snavely said the highway reopened at about 1:32 p.m. after both vehicles were removed. He said a "heavy wrecker" tow truck removed the flatbed, entering the highway at Steels Corners Road to the south and backing to the crash scene.
"The sedan had just come from the grocery store and there were groceries scattered across the highway so there was debris scattered across the highway in addition to the vehicles, the vehicles that were significantly damaged," said Snavely.
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