The view from a Drive BC webcam on Highway 1 at Tunnel Hill, looking south around 3 p.m.. (Drive BC)

UPDATED: Both Highway 1, Pat Bay Highway reopen following crashes

Number of vehicles stuck, in ditches or in collisions on major highways

UPDATE: Highway 17 reopened at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Patricia Bay Highway was closed between the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and Keating Cross Road following more than 12 collisions in the area caused by winter road conditions.

RELATED: White out conditions at YYJ: Multiple flights cancelled

RELATED: More snow coming to Greater Victoria

Earlier on Sunday, RCMP closed Highway 1 both directions between West Shore Parkway and Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Road to allow for the removal of stuck vehicles and for the passage of snow plows.

A number of motorists were stuck or in ditches on the Malahat as snow piled up on the highway.

MainRoads operations manager Chris Cowley said crews are working to remove vehicles and a jackknifed transport truck blocking the route from snow plows.

RCMP, CVSE, Ministry of Transportation and MainRoads crews are all on scene.

Cowley estimated the passage to reopen in two to three hours.

West Shore RCMP confirmed there were at least three cars stuck or in the ditch on the Malahat, some who attempted to cross the mountain pass with summer tires.

The Malahat reopened at approximately 7:30 p.m. There are no injuries reported at this time.

A video taken by Danno Zarek on the Malahat shows snowy, slushy road conditions. Zarek said south bound lanes past Mill Bay were stalled due to the weather in the early afternoon. He spotted some cars in the ditch and others stopped in the road.

Up to 10 centimetres of snow is forecasted for the region.



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

UPDATED: Eco warriors shut down Douglas Street at Fort Street in protest

Environmentalists to call on banks to divert investments into green infrastructure

WATCH: Soon-to-be guide dogs take part in the Amazing Puppy Race

10 puppies training to be guide dogs took part in a social Easter egg hunt

Ancient microbes discovered off the Juan de Fuca Ridge potentially offers glimpse into alien life

The marine bacteria is dependent on hydrogen, a compound present almost everywhere

Sign forbidding rabbit drop-offs gets stuffed bunnies instead

Residents seemingly undeterred by strict wording this Easter

Islander finding her calling in fledgling community paramedic program

Georgia Nelson’s work in Chemainus part of a new wave of small community health care delivery

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Mandatory spaying and neutering looms for outdoor Chemainus cats

North Cowichan considers bylaw to control stray and feral cat issues

Stranded photographer rescued from rising Comox Valley waters

Responders use kayak to save man, equipment

Electronic music repels mosquitoes

New study finds Skrillex music slows mosquito’s feeding and sex

Most Read