TURNER — A Manchester man involved in a three-car crash Monday on Route 4 in Turner was taken to Maine Medical Center where he remained Tuesday night in critical condition, according to authorities.

Brian Cox, 55, was taken to the Portland hospital late Monday night with multiple injuries sustained in the 6 p.m. crash, Lt. Glenn Holt of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. 

Investigators were still trying to determine why Cox, who was driving a 2000 GMC pickup, suddenly veered left of center into the path of an oncoming rented Ryder single-axle truck driven by Burleigh Dudley, 48, of North Waterboro, Holt said.

He said alcohol was considered a factor in the crash, but he was not sure of its extent. He added that blood-alcohol tests were administered, which is policy in serious accidents. It will be two to three weeks before results from the crash investigation come back to the department, Holt said.

Also involved in the crash was a 1988 Chrysler two-door driven by Jennifer Mains, 25, of Auburn, who was following Cox. She ended up striking his vehicle when he spun around back into the northbound lane after hitting Dudley’s southbound truck. Dudley pulled the Ryder truck as far to the right as he could, but he could not avoid colliding with Cox’s vehicle, Holt said.

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