Pickup truck rolls over on Malahat near South Shawnigan Lake Road

A vehicle rollover south of South Shawnigan Lake Road blocked a section of the Malahat on Wednesday morning, slowing traffic again on the heavily used route.

Malahat Fire Chief Tanya Patterson said she was paged at 6:35 a.m. for a white pick-up truck that had crashed in the northbound lane of the highway.

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The driver was out of the vehicle when Malahat firefighters arrived, she said.

Shawnigan Lake Fire Chief Keith Shields said he received a report of a rollover at 6:40 a.m. and two off-duty Shawnigan Lake firefighters on their way to work were on scene, as were Malahat firefighters and an ambulance.

“It’s lucky they were driving by,” said Shields.

On Monday, two large boulders fell onto the Malahat near Tunnel Hill, causing the highway to be shut down in both directions for three hours and prompting a safety assessment by the Ministry of Transportation.

The rock caused minor damage to a vehicle and no one was injured.

The rocks came from an area 100 metres above the ministry’s right of way. The ministry already has mesh covering the rock face on its right of way. It’s unclear what caused the rocks to dislodge, though experts speculated heavy rainfall in recent days might have played a role.

On Tuesday a single-vehicle crash at Goldstream Provincial Park snarled traffic after the driver lost control on the wet road.

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