Nine vehicles collide or slide off road on slick section of Pat Bay Highway

Nine vehicles collided or went off the road in several separate incidents on a slippery section of the Patricia Bay Highway near Haliburton Road Monday morning.

Around 6 a.m., Saanich police responded to initial reports that two cars were in the ditch. They arrived to find a third had slid off the road.

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While the officers were on scene, another vehicle left the highway, causing two vehicles to collide. An additional three vehicles went into the ditch while police were present.

Police believe black ice and snow created dangerous conditions, which led to the accidents. They do not believe speed was a factor.

There were no injuries.

Saanich police also responded to a single vehicle sliding off an icy road in the 1500-block of Wallace Drive just before 11 a.m. Police called the municipality to salt the road.

They were also called to a report of a vehicle going off-road onto a property in the area of Sea Ridge Drive, causing minor damage to a lawn. The vehicle left the scene before police arrived.

Police are reminding drivers to allow themselves extra time during their commutes, maintain extra distance between vehicles and expect delays.


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