More than 250 customers are without power following a crash on the Malahat Monday afternoon.
Malahat Fire Chief Tanya Patterson said at around 2:30 p.m, a truck going south then crossed over into the northbound lanes. The driver then crashed through a concrete barrier and hit a utility pole on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. No other vehicles were involved.
Hydro lines were down across the road following the crash.
Drive BC said the collision, which was approximately 10 kilometres south of the Shawnigan Lake turnoff, led to heavy delays and congestion. The northbound lanes were closed due to the wires but reopened just before 4 p.m.
CLEAR – #BCHwy1 NB #MALAHAT after earlier vehicle incident, expect major delays and congestion. Crews may return on scene later today for hydro repairs. #YYJ #VanIsle #YYJtraffic
— Drive BC (@DriveBC) September 16, 2019
BC Hydro says 263 customers are without power west of White Pine Terrace, south of Camsusa Road and east of the Trans-Canada Highway. Hydro crews are at the site. Patterson said since a hydro pole was snapped in half, it will have to be replaced.