UPDATE: State Police have cleared the scene of a multi vehicle accident on I-295, but warn that traffic may be slowed for a time.

A multi-vehicle crash on I-295 southbound near Exit 17 has traffic backed up for approximately five miles.

There is currently one lane of travel through the area, according to a news release from the Maine Department of Transportation.

Various tow trucks are en route to the scene. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route as State Police indicate it could be at least another hour before the scene is cleared.