Two crashes close together on Sooke Road

A pair of crashes that happened within about 600 metres of each other and 15 minutes apart on Friday afternoon closed a section of Sooke Road in both directions for hours.

The main cross street in the area of the crashes is Ludlow and Manzer roads.

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“There’s going to be significant traffic backlogs,” Sooke Fire Chief Kenn Mount said as crews worked at the crash site.

He said that in one incident, a truck hit a power pole and brought down power lines. The pole was in a dangerous position, as well, Mount said.

The other crash near the Stickleback West Coast Eatery in the 5400 block of Sooke Road involved rescuing a victim with mechanical jaws.

The Metchosin Fire Department was assisting.

The Sooke School District sent a message on Twitter advising parents that four school buses were affected and they should make arrangements to pick up their children as needed.

At about 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Highway 14 was partly open with single-lane alternating traffic. Drive B.C. warned drivers to expect major delays and heavy congestion. The road was opened in both directions around 9 p.m.

On the Facebook page called Sooke Traffic Updates Only, posters said that B.C. Hydro was installing a new pole. Users said that Gillespie Road was experiencing heavy traffic.

 

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