One person was injured and traffic was backed up for more than a mile after a driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 295 southbound and slammed into the median guardrail, triggering a three-car collision Monday afternoon.

State Trooper Marvin Hinkley said the crash, which took place around 3:45 p.m., snarled traffic heading into Portland for about 45 minutes. The crash took place near Exit 9, just north of Tukey’s Bridge.

The accident happened when 59-year-old John Gordon lost control of his 2000 Ford Escort and hit the guardrail. The impact forced Gordon back onto the roadway where he struck a 2007 Chrysler driven by 65-year-old Barbara Stevenson of Jamesville, Va. A 2000 Honda driven by 20-year-old Briana Henes of Brunswick then hit the Chrysler.

The passing lane was closed while workers tended to the drivers and cleared away the cars, but one lane remained open. The loss of one lane caused traffic to back up into Falmouth.

Stevenson was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of minor injuries. Two vehicles were destroyed in the crash and were towed.

Gordon will not face any charges.

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