RV rollover reroutes Thanksgiving Day traffic
A Victoria couple in a motorhome escaped injury during Monday’s rollover near Koksilah Road and the Island Highway.
Chief Ken Bulcock, of Cowichan Bay’s fire hall, said police blocked the busy highway for several hours between Bench and Koksilah roads, rerouting traffic at around 12:30 p.m. as the RV carried propane and gasoline.
Neither fuel leaked from the totalled vacation vehicle, Bulcock said of the rare single-vehicle accident involving an RV.
Investigation continued into why the motor home rolled about 500 yards shy of the Koksilah lights.
Bulcock said the southbound rig somehow left the travelling (right) side of the road and got into the grassy ditch.
“It travelled there for about 80 feet, then hit concrete barriers — knocking out about six of those — then continued on its side for about 120 feet along the top of the medians — incredible.
“Running along those barriers almost cut it in half,” Bulcock explained.
The 30-foot RV came to rest on roadside medians during Thanksgiving Day showers.
A heavy tow truck eventually righted, then removed, the crumpled RV “but I don’t know how it moved because the axles were broken,” the chief added.
The dangerous scene was attended by Cowichan Bay firefighters, RCMP, paramedics and highway workers after initial reports the RV passengers were trapped inside.