*UPDATE 11/20 5:30 – State police, per McCausland, said Sunday afternoon that the driver is still being treated for injuries at a hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but is expected to recover.
Police said 22-year-old Tyler Brown of Portland lost control of his SUV at a high rate of speed.
Brown's vehicle veered across the three southbound lanes Friday and struck the median guardrail, according to police. The force of the crash, they said, ripped the motor from the SUV.
Police said Brown was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown through the windshield and onto the pavement.
Troopers are still investigating.
KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A driver was critically injured Friday afternoon in a crash on the Maine Turnpike in Kennebunk, state police said.
The driver, who police said had been driving erratically, was ejected from the vehicle into the roadway, according to state Public Safety Department spokesperson Steve McCausland.
Police said the car struck guard rails in the median at mile marker 22 near Kennebunk Plaza in the southbound lanes.
The driver was transported to the hospital, and their condition as of 4:30 p.m. was still not known.
Southbound lanes of the Maine Turnpike were reopened after crews cleaned up the scene.
In a seemingly unrelated incident a short time later, police said two were killed in a crash in the northbound lanes involving a car and tractor-trailer around mile marker 22.