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.

RELATED: White out conditions at YYJ: Multiple flights cancelled

RELATED: More snow coming to Greater Victoria

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.



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

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)

Just Posted

New construction, housing prices down British Columbia

New housing prices dropped 0.4 per cent in Victoria in June 2019

Colwood’s Hatley Castle makes top 10 list of movie locations to travel to

X-Men, Deadpool among movies filmed at Hatley Castle

Relative of man found dead in Saanich says he was missing for years

RCMP and a private detective had been searching for him since 2012

UPDATED: Oak Bay father takes stand, denies killing young daughters

Andrew Berry has plead not guilty to the December 2017 deaths of his two daughters

Saanich Police warn of counterfeit money being used

Several fake $100 bills have been reported in Greater Victoria

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

B.C. seniors allowed more choice to stay in assisted living

Province doesn’t need to wait for a complaint to investigate care, Adrian Dix says

Retired B.C. fisherman wins record $60M Lotto Max jackpot

Joseph Katalinic won the biggest Lotto Max prize ever awarded

Island manslaughter suspect found not guilty in Supreme Court

Court accepts accused’s argument of self-defence for 2017 incident in Courtenay

Most Read