Saanich Police are advising motorists to avoid McKenzie Avenue this morning as officers deal with the aftermath of a crash involving a motorcycle.
The incident took place at approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning in the area of McKenzie Avenue and Arelene Place, close to the Carey Road intersection.
The crash, which police say was a “serious collision” between a vehicle and a motorcycle, resulted in traffic being closed in both directions.
It was reported to police that the motorcyclist contacted the rear portion of a vehicle that was turning left from Arelene Place, resulting in the rider being thrown from the bike.
Police note that commuters stopped and remained on scene to provide immediate assistance, including an off-duty first responder.
The motorcyclist was transported to the Victoria General Hospital where their condition is believed to be very serious, but no longer life-threatening.
The driver of the vehicle is fully cooperating with the investigation as well.
Traffic has since reopened to Westbound traffic along McKenzie Avenue, however, Eastbound traffic remains closed at Burnside Road.
Collision Analysts with the Saanich Police Department are currently on the scene and will be working in the area for the next few hours.
Police expect traffic to be diverted onto Burnside Avenue for the next few hours, until approximately 12 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Please plan your route accordingly and your patience is appreciated,” add Saanich Police.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is learned.
As part of the investigation, our Collision Reconstruction Team required the full closure of McKenzie Avenue at Arlene Place to process the scene and retain evidence. This closure is expected to remain in place until around 12 p.m. today.