Two notable car crashes occurred in the days leading up to the Victoria Day long weekend.
Two Toyota trucks collided on Jacklin Road near the intersection of Rex Road at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. The one truck was hit by the other as it turned left onto Jacklin off Rex. A third car received minor rear-end damage during the crash. There were no injuries and the road remained open while West Shore RCMP attended the scene and the vehicles were towed away.
At around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18, emergency responders were called to the 2900 block of Sooke Road, near Awsworth Road, for a crash involving three cars. According to RCMP, a driver headed west crossed the centre line and collided with a vehicle traveling east. A third car heading east was also hit.
One car ended up down an embankment with extensive damage. The other two cars ended up on the shoulder of the road.
The drivers of the first two vehicles involved in the crash were taken by ambulance to hospital, along with a child passenger from one of the cars. West Shore RCMP did not know the extent of their injuries when they spoke to the Gazette. Firefighters had to remove the two drivers from their vehicles. The jaws of life were needed to get one of the drivers out.
RCMP immediately ruled out alcohol as a factor. South Island Traffic members were called to investigate the crash. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.
Sooke Road was shut down for several hours in both directions while emergency services attended to the crash. Traffic was rerouted by way of Kangaroo Road and Happy Valley Road.