Tree off Connie Road claims another vehicle

Two vehicles in past year have struck tree while traveling on Sooke Road

Connie Road site was the scene of two separate accidents.

A westbound mini-van drove off the roadway and into a tree on Sooke Road near Connie Road around 11 a.m. on Oct. 18.

According to Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen, the driver and a single passenger, both in their 30s, were taken to Victoria General via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

He said the vehicle was severely damaged, with lots of leaking fluid and a split gas tank.

“The vehicle is trashed,” Sorensen said. “The seat belts and airbags saved them.”

A similar car accident in the same area, involving the same tree, claimed the life of an 80-year-old man two months ago.

The man was driving a van, with his wife as a passenger, when he lost control of the vehicle and veered off the highway into the tree.

The accident occurred on Aug. 8 and the man passed away about a week later in hospital.