BOOTHBAY — Two people are dead, and a third is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries as a result of a three-car collision on Route 27 in the Lincoln County town of Boothbay this afternoon.

Investigators from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said the accident took place at 4:38 p.m. when one car heading south on Route 27 crossed the center line and hit another vehicle heading north.

A third vehicle, which was also heading north, received damage in the collision.

One driver was killed while the other driver suffered severe injuries. The other victim was a passenger. Two people in the third car were not injured.

Police were still at the scene of the crash late tonight trying to reconstruct what happened. The identities of the victims were not yet available.

Rescue personnel from the Boothbay Fire Department, Boothbay Harbor Fire Department and the Boothbay Region Ambulance Service responded to the crash scene.

Route 27 did not have to be shut down, and traffic was rerouted around the crash scene.