WATCH: Two pick-up trucks collided Thursday morning on the Malahat near Split Rock, an area where there is no centre barricade. April Lawrence reports.
Police raced to the scene of yet another crash on the deadly Malahat highway Thursday morning around 8:00 a.m.
Two mangled pick-up trucks were pushed up against the shoulder of the road in the northbound lane of the highway near the Split Rock lookout.
“Upon attendance it appeared that a vehicle had crossed the centre line, coming into the path of a northbound vehicle,” said Shawnigan Lake RCMP Constable Scott Seutter.
A woman driving one of the vehicles was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The other driver wasn’t seriously hurt.
Crash scene analysts were on scene, trying to figure out what exactly happened, including which vehicle crossed the centre line, and why.
They’ve ruled out drugs and alcohol but say weather conditions may have been a factor.
“Weather conditions at the time were poor with fog, moderate to heavy rainfall, conditions that we commonly expect here on the Malahat,” said Seutter.
The highway was shut down for several hours, while traffic crawled along a detour through Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road.
The crash happened along one of the few remaining areas of the Malahat with no centre barriers.
In November, in another section without a barricade, a 33-year-old man was killed when his car was struck by an oncoming vehicle that crossed the centre line.
“I won’t stop until the whole highway is divided, we need barricades,” said Malahat Fire Rescue Chief Rob Patterson.
While some argue the problem with the Malahat is the drivers, not the road, Patterson said barriers reduce the severity of the crashes he sees here every year.
“We lessen the impact of the crash, we don’t have the horrific head-ons that we have been seeing, it’s a win win for everybody,” he said.
B.C.’s Transportation Ministry said the section of the Malahat from Aspen Road to Shawnigan Lake Road is the next priority for barricades and design work is currently underway.
Safety upgrades for the Split Rock section, where Thursday’s crash happened, would be a future phase.