AUBURN — A motorcyclist is in critical condition following a collision with an SUV on Route 4 on Monday afternoon.

According to a statement released by Auburn Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Moen, the accident occurred at 3 p.m. by the causeway over Lake Auburn.

Moen said that Joseph Childs, 68, of Buckfield was northbound on Route 4 on a 2008 Harley-Davidson when his motorcycle struck the back of a vehicle driven by  Maria Lindsey, 26, of Turner, who was attempting to make a left turn onto the causeway.

Childs, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle, sustaining serious head injuries, according to Moen.

Moen reports that neither Lindsey nor her passengers were injured in the collision.

Auburn police are being assisted in the investigation by a Maine State Police accident reconstructionist.

Northbound traffic was restricted to one lane on Route 4. Southbound traffic was rerouted onto Lake Shore Drive.

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