Two men had to be hospitalized Tuesday night after their vehicles collided head-on on West Commercial Street in front of Benny’s Famous Fried Clams.

The accident, which was reported at 4:51 p.m., forced police to shut down the eastbound lanes of West Commercial Street for an hour during the height of rush hour traffic.

Lt. Gary Hutcheson said that a Jeep Commander sports utility vehicle operated by 33-year-old Timothy Young of Buxton was heading west when it crossed over the center line and crashed head-on with a Mercedes Benz car driven by 56-year-old Theodore Heidrich of Bonita Springs, Fla.

Both men were alone at the time of the crash and were transported by ambulance to Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Hutcheson said.

Police do not know what caused the Young’s SUV to cross into the eastbound lane of traffic. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Both vehicles were destroyed in the crash. Inbound traffic had to be rerouted around the accident scene.

Westbound traffic moved slowly, but was backed up to Becky’s Diner.

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