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Five-car crash in Mill Bay Friday afternoon

Five vehicles were involved in an accident on Deloume Road in Mill and the Trans-Canada Highway. - submitted
Five vehicles were involved in an accident on Deloume Road in Mill and the Trans-Canada Highway.
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A chain-reaction five-car accident in Mill Bay Friday afternoon is alleged to have been caused by an erratic driver travelling at a high rate of speed on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb said it's fortunate no one was killed.

"This was certainly not the way anyone wanted to see the Remembrance Day weekend begin,'' he pointed out.

A silver newer-model Toyota Yaris was heading north when it rear-ended a black two-door Honda Prelude in the fast lane at Deloume Road. The Prelude then smashed into a large Dodge pick-up truck while the Yaris careered into the slow lane and struck a Jeep 4x4 that, in turn, rear-ended a green Tercel.

Police said the 23-year-old driver of the Yaris was detained for allegedly driving while impaired. She was taken by B.C. Ambulance attendants to Cowichan District Hospital.

A 16-year-old driving the Tercel was also taken to Cowichan District Hospital for observation.

Police observed an open 500-millilitre can of liquor in the cup holder on the driver's side of the Yaris as well as an open 500 ml liquor can on the floor of the passenger seat and a third sealed can behind the driver's seat.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP, B.C. Ambulance, the Mill Bay Fire Department and Ministry of Transportation officials attended the accident scene. Initial investigation reveals a witness who reported the erratic driver came upon the crash only moments later.

Numerous witnesses advised police the driver of the Yaris had been weaving in and out of traffic.

The crash caused traffic heading north to be rerouted through Frayne Road for about an hour.

A Mainroad company loader was brought in to adjust two median dividers that had been pushed into the southbound fast lane.

Two vehicles were driven away from the site. The other three sustained too much damage and were towed away.

RCMP would like to hear from anyone else who may have witnessed the crash or circumstances leading to it by calling 250-743-5514.

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