New Taunton opioid addiction recovery center to temporarily start business online after crash

TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — A new opioid addiction treatment facility in Taunton says it will temporarily start its business online after a truck slammed into the storefront a day before it was supposed to open.

The crash happened at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the area of Broadway.

Agnelo Martins, owner and business manager at Pathway to Recovery, said he received a call from his landlord who “basically told us that we should come down here because there was a pickup truck in our reception area to the clinic, we were opening up tomorrow.”

Police said a Toyota Tundra was driving north on Broadway, when it hit three parked cars before it crashed into the front of the building.

The driver, a 22-year-old man, ran from the scene and was later found at his home.

The building is a new opioid recovery clinic that was scheduled to open its doors Monday. The owners were able to think of new plans for the business after the crash.

“We’re going to switch to Telehealth and we’re not going to let it stop us from delivering a much-needed service,” explained Beth Fitzgerald, owner of Pathway to Recovery.

The owners are committed to rebuilding their new facility.

“Our end goal is to rebuild however long it takes. We need to just keep moving forward. This is a minor speed bump. The end goal is to get things open and running again,” said Martins.

No injuries were reported and the investigation into the crash continues.

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