A log truck is loaded onto a tow truck after it was involved in a serious crash with a pick up truck on Route 9 in Clifton. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

A Dennysville man was seriously injured in a log truck collision early Wednesday morning on Route 9 in Clifton that completely blocked traffic on the state route known as the Airline throughout the morning.

Jay Preston, 30, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado on a suspended driver’s license around 1 a.m. Wednesday when he crossed the centerline and struck a tractor-trailer driven by 56-year-old Rodney Tolman of Amherst.

Trucks wait for Route 9 to reopen after a serious crash involving a log truck and a pickup truck (right) in Clifton shut travel for hours. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

Preston was critically injured in the crash and had to be extracted from his vehicle by firefighters from Eddington and Holden before he was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

As the truck rolled over on its side across the width of the lane, logs from the truck spilled out onto the road.

The Maine State Police said shortly before 12:30 p.m. that Route 9 had reopened. Crews were clearing the road throughout the morning as state troopers conducted their investigation.