A Cape Breton man was airlifted to hospital in Halifax after a two-vehicle collision in Millville, N.S. Wednesday afternoon.

Police responded to the crash on Highway 105, just east of the Millville exit, around 4 p.m.

Police say a small SUV was headed eastbound when it crossed the centre line, slammed head-on into a westbound tractor-trailer and then veered off the road and down an embankment.

“The Jaws of Life were used to extract the driver from that SUV. It took approximately one hour,” says RCMP Traffic Services Cpl. Ron MacDonald.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Northside General Hospital in North Sydney for observation.

The driver of the SUV, a 23-year-old Sydney Mines man, was taken to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney and later airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

The highway was closed to both directions for several hours. It has since reopened.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.