One crash follows another in Shawnigan on Saturday
Two kilometres and two hours separated two crashes on Shawnigan Lake Road on Saturday afternoon.
The first happened shortly after 2 p.m. when a 2003 Pontiac Vibe travelling eastbound went off-road while navigating a curve in the 600 block of Shawnigan Lake Road.
"The car, with a single male occupant, went over a steep embankment and became lodged on its right side against trees," Shawnigan Lake RCMP Cpl. Jason Kerr states in a media release.
"A combination of the steep embankment and heavy brush and trees at the incident location resulted in the car not being easily visible from the roadway, thus the accident was not reported immediately."
Police say they believe the car was there for about an hour before a passing motorist noticed it and called 911.
The Malahat Volunteer Fire Department extricated the driver, a 29-year-old Shawnigan Lake man who was taken via ambulance to Victoria General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
And Shawnigan Lake RCMP were still on scene two hours later investigating the first crash when another was reported in the 1000 block of Shawnigan Lake Road.
Police say a 2000 Ford Explorer with a 67-year-old male driver was travelling westbound when he rounded a curve and lost control as his vehicle skidded on the wet road.
The Explorer collided with an eastbound 2001 GMC moving van.
The Explorer's driver, from Victoria, as well as the GMC's 44-year-old male driver and 45-year-old female passenger — both from Shawnigan — were examined by B.C. Ambulance paramedics on scene but did not require hospital treatment.
Shawnigan police continue to investigate both crashes but have already determined that wet roads were a factor in the second one.