Malahat crash Friday injures three, curbs commuters for 40 minutes

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Minor injuries and rush-hour gridlock resulted from Friday's crash that closed the Malahat Drive in both directions for about 40 minutes.

Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson said the wreck happened at about 6 p.m. when a vehicle made a left turn out of Aspen Road into the southbound lane, and hit a southbound vehicle.

Three people were taken by paramedics to Victoria hospital with what Patterson believed were minor injuries.

The smash damaged a Ford pickup truck and a car, and involved three other vehicles. The mess spanned the northbound lane that has no dividing median at Aspen, the fire chief said.

"There was shrapnel all over the road," he said. "For safety sake we shut the highway down."

Patterson suspected a distracted driver as the crash's cause as hundreds of commuters — including Victoria Symphony players headed to the Cowichan Theatre — were stalled.

"It was beautiful out; clear and dry. There was no excuse for this accident other than driver inattention."

Police investigation continues into the collision's cause.


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