Head-on crash snarls Malahat's morning traffic

Morning traffic on the Malahat was delayed for more than an hour today after a head-on collision on the busy highway.

The crash happened at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday when a Honda Fit travelling in the northbound passing lane crossed the centre line near the Petro-Canada gas station.

The first southbound car, a Ford Focus, was able to avoid to Honda by veering right, but struck the shoulder cement barrier, police said.

The second southbound car, a Volkswagen Jetta, was struck head-on by the Honda.

“The driver of the Honda, a 31-year-old female from Vancouver, and (the Jetta’s) 34-year-old male from Shawnigan, were taken to Victoria General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb said.

“The driver who struck the barrier, a 30-year-old female from Shawnigan, was treated at the scene and released.”

Webb said that while the matter is still under investigation, charges for no insurance and other Motor Vehicle Act infractions are being considered against the female driver from Vancouver.

The crash, which was attended by Shawnigan Mounties, paramedics and the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department, caused long delays in both directions during the Malahat’s morning commute.

“RCMP are asking the public to ensure your car or tuck is road safe, including proper tires,” Webb added.


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