A collision involving a Sheriff's Department transport van and a church van shut down Route 1 in Bridgewater for nearly three hours Thursday morning.

Police said both lanes were closed shortly before 8:00 a.m. and motorists should seek alternate routes.

Aroostook County Emergency Management director Darren Woods tells us the crash involved multiple people. State Police and the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office were on scene as were a number of EMS crews.

Officials say more than a dozen people were transported to the hospital with various injuries. The road was re-opened around 10:45 a.m.