POLAND — An elderly man was taken to a hospital Tuesday morning, after his SUV and a car collided on Route 26.

William Burnham, 79, of Lakeville was driving southbound when his 2002 Jeep SUV apparently crossed the centerline into the path of a 2011 Subaru owned and driven by Collins Boland, 28, of Salem, Massachusetts, shortly after 8 a.m. near the Lions Club, according to Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy William Gagne.

The impact was to the front of the Subaru and the passenger side of the Jeep. The Jeep was pushed up onto the guardrail and snowbank, Gagne said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Burnham was taken by Poland Rescue to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for non-life-threatening injuries. Boland and a passenger were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Authorities closed the southbound lane and detoured traffic; the northbound lane was kept open with the help of Maine Department of Transportation, Gagne said. Southbound traffic on Route 26 was restored at 11:30 a.m.

Gagne said investigators are looking into the possibility that Burnham may have suffered a medical event before the crash.

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