UPDATE: 1 person in critical condition after crash that closed Route 1 in Bath

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BATH — One person remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday in the aftermath of a two-car collision on Route 1 that injured four people Monday night.

A portion of the highway was closed for several hours.

Both vehicles were northbound just north of the Congress Avenue overpass when a silver Acura driven by Joseph Boyington, 22, of Brunswick, rear-ended a Lincoln SUV driven by Stephanie Thacker, 43, also of Brunswick. The impact pushed the SUV several hundred feet, police said.

The Acura then struck a Maine Department of Transportation sign and rolled over.

Boyington was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland. His passenger, Michael Mason, 21, of Brunswick, was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Both men were believed to have sustained significant internal and other injuries, police said Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Mason remained in critical condition, and Boyington was in satisfactory condition.

Thacker and her passenger – her son, Adam Thacker, 11, of Brunswick – were treated and released from Mid Coast Hospital.

Emergency crews responded at 6:36 p.m., and the highway was closed until about midnight Monday.

The preliminary investigation showed the Acura was traveling at a high rate of speed, police said.

Both vehicles were totaled. While there was no evidence of alcohol at the scene, police were waiting for the results of blood tests.

Bath police were aided by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick Police Department, Maine State Police, and the Maine DOT, along with Bath EMS and firefighters, and the West Bath and Brunswick fire departments.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @learics.

This report was updated on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

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Rescue workers prepare to transport one of the people injured in a two-car collision that closed a portion of Route 1 in Bath on Monday evening, March 19.A Lifeflight helicopter sits on Route 1 in Bath, waiting to transport one of the people injured in a two-car collision Monday evening, March 19.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.