Malahat crash Monday sends one driver to hospital, closed highway for an hour

Sooke driver sent to hospital with possible head trauma

  • Dec. 11, 2012 9:00 a.m.

By Peter Rusland

Cowichan News Leader Pictoral

A Sooke driver and two Ladysmith folks are lucky to be alive after Monday evening’s cross-over crash along an non-medianed stretch of the Malahat, officials say.

The wreck also tossed fuel on Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson’s demand for concrete barriers along the Malahat, particularly on the section called Nascar Corner, near where three folks died in October during a cross-over accident.

No charges have been laid in Monday’s incident while investigation continues into why the Sooke driver’s southbound, 2003 Chev Cavalier crossed the centre line, then collided with a northbound 2004 VW Jetta at around 5:20 p.m. on wet pavement.

The wreck sent the 31-year-old Sooke driver to Victoria hospital with what Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson said was suspected head trauma and a possible broken wrist.

The Jetta’s male driver and his female passenger, both from Ladysmith, were shaken but injured, Patterson noted of the crash that closed rush-hour traffic for an hour in both directions.

That delay saw Malahat firefighters use the Jaws of Life to remove the Sooke male from the crumpled Cavalier.

Its fuel tank was also ruptured, prompting fuel mopping by Patterson’s crew.

“Once again, I’m calling for medians,” said Patterson, whose crews took trauma counselling after dealing with the Oct. 14 triple fatality, just 300 metres from Monday’s crash site.

RCMP say the two-car collision happened north of Whittaker Road as two vehicles were merging southbound near the summit.

That’s where a Slegg Construction truck was passed by the Cavalier in the slow lane, explain Shawnigan Lake RCMP.

The Cavalier touched the front end of the large truck causing the Cavalier to go sideways, and cross the centre line, where it was hit by the northbound Jetta.

Patterson said both vehicles were totalled during the wreck where medians would likely have reduced the dangers.

“There’s no replacing stupidity,” the fire chief said. “If there’d been medians there, the people in the Jetta wouldn’t have been affected, and the guy in the Chev would have been the only one affected.”

RCMP Cpl. Dave MacKenzie indicted medians would help reduce Malahat risks.

“If northbound and southbound vehicles stay in their respective lanes, we’d have less crashes.”

Crash witnesses can contact Shawnigan Lake RCMP at 250-743-5514.

Just Posted

The strange case of Jesokah Adkens

All was not what it seemed in Sooke girl’s disappearance 18 years ago

Langford trucks vandalized for third time in five months

Staff member spends weekend washing after six trucks hit with graffiti

Police stay quiet on downtown fire investigation

The fire at Victoria’s Plaza Hotel was deemed suspicious on May 14

Oak Bay dog walk benefits guide dogs

Two more walks set for Sunday in Victoria and Colwood

Police arrest jewelry thieves in same building they allegedly stole from

More than $6,000 worth of jewelry was recovered

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Young man on Vancouver Island dies after losing control of ATV

Crash claimed the life of a 23-year-old south of Nanaimo over the long weekend

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

B.C. man to pay Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party $20k over lawsuit

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

RCMP searching for missing Vancouver Island teenager

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home in Port Alberni

Sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks could net $100 fine in Penticton

The measure, which still requires final approval, would be enforced between May and Sept. 30

Most Read