A two-vehicle head-on collision closed Sooke Road for several hours and sent two men to Victoria General Hospital Thursday night.
The accident occurred about 7 p.m. on Sooke Road near Ludlow Road. One vehicle was on the side of the road. The other was on its side on an embankment and caught fire. Neither vehicle had any passengers.
Both drivers had to be extricated from their crushed vehicles by Sooke firefighters. It took an hour to remove one man, who suffered serious head injuries, said Sooke fire chief Steve Sorensen.
The vehicles were extremely badly damaged, he said.
A member of the volunteer fire force, Tom Warran, was driving his logging truck a couple of vehicles back and managed to put the fire out with his fire extinguisher before we even got there, Sorensen said.
Thursday is the fire departments training night, so all of my volunteers were in the station or getting ready to leave to go to training when the call came in, Sorensen said. That put 25 men on the scene in really short order, and we pretty well used them all.
Passerby Brian Ruddick also stopped at the scene. He provided first aid to the man in the vehicle on the embankment, believed to be the more seriously injured of the two drivers.
Ruddick said he did what he could to support the mans neck and keep his airway open until the fire department arrived about five minutes later.
The man was not conscious and seemed to be hurt pretty bad, said Ruddick, who arrived just as the fire was being extinguished.
If youre on the scene, you stop and help someone, he said. I just crawled into the back and tried to do whatever I could.
The road was expected to be open by 11 p.m.
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