Single lane open Pat Bay Highway southbound due to vehicle crash, fire: police

Single lane open Pat Bay Highway southbound due to vehicle crash, fire: police
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The Pat Bay Highway southbound has a single lane open due to a vehicle incident.

Saanich Police say a single-vehicle crash around 7 a.m. this morning resulted in southbound lanes on the Pay Bay Highway being closed, before a single lane was able to re-open.

When officers arrived to the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road, they found a vehicle on its side, resting on a utility pole.

“It is believed that the driver veered off-road, the cause of which is under investigation,” Const. Markus Anastasiades with Saanich Police said in an email to CHEK News. “The vehicle also caught fire after the collision, which was attended to by the Saanich Fire Department.”

The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, and was brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Heavy rain this morning led to water pooling in that area of the highway, which police are looking at as a contributing factor,” Anastasiades said. “We are asking people to drive with care this morning and drive relative to the changing road conditions.”

Anastasiades says the traffic control has been handed over to Emcon as the vehicle cannot be removed until the utility pole is assessed by Telus or BC Hydro.

He says traffic will be backed up this morning.

Central Saanich Police tweeted the southbound lanes have a single lane open.

The detour of four BC Transit routes has ended.

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