YORK — The Maine Turnpike Authority shut down a section of its northbound lane for about an hour tonight after a crash that involved multiple cars and three injuries.

A dispatcher for the Maine State Police said the accident was caused when a driver lost control after swerving to avoid hitting a mattress in the roadway near mile marker nine in York.

Scott Tompkins, spokesman for the MTA, said the accident took place around 8:30 p.m. One lane on the northbound side in York reopened at 9:25 p.m., with a second lane reopening at 9:45 p.m.

Tompkins said three people were taken to local hospitals with injuries that were not life threatening. No other details were available.