UPDATED: Both Highway 1, Pat Bay Highway reopen following crashes

Number of vehicles stuck, in ditches or in collisions on major highways

UPDATE: Highway 17 and Highway 1 reopened at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday night.

The Patricia Bay Highway was closed between the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and Keating Cross Road following more than 12 collisions in the area caused by winter road conditions.

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Earlier on Sunday, RCMP had also closed Highway 1 both directions between West Shore Parkway and Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Road to allow for the removal of stuck vehicles and for the passage of snow plows.

A number of motorists were stuck or in ditches on the Malahat as snow piled up on the highway.

MainRoads operations manager Chris Cowley said crews were working to remove vehicles and a jackknifed transport truck blocking the route from snow plows.

RCMP, CVSE, Ministry of Transportation and MainRoads crews were on scene.

Cowley estimated the passage to reopen in two to three hours.

West Shore RCMP confirmed there were at least three cars stuck or in the ditch on the Malahat, some who attempted to cross the mountain pass with summer tires.

The Malahat reopened at approximately 7:30 p.m. There are no injuries reported.

A video taken by Danno Zarek on the Malahat shows snowy, slushy road conditions. Zarek said south bound lanes past Mill Bay were stalled due to the weather in the early afternoon. He spotted some cars in the ditch and others stopped in the road.

An additional 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is forecasted for the region.



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Drive BC cams capture the condition of Highway 1 at West Shore Parkway, northbound at 4:31 p.m.. (Drive BC)

The view from a Drive BC webcam on Highway 1 at Tunnel Hill, looking south around 3 p.m.. (Drive BC)

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