West Shore RCMP has confirmed the driver of a sewage truck died at the scene of a collision involving another vehicle on the Malahat Wednesday morning.
Fatal Collision on Malahat https://t.co/yVO80sbV8n #Westshore
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) August 22, 2018
Police, along with B.C. Ambulance and Langford Fire Rescue, responded to the crash at 8:10 a.m. in the southbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway near the Goldstream Boat House, north of Finlayson Arm Road.
The truck was involved in a collision with a blue SUV and overturned. Police say the driver was found deceased. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the driver was a man in his 30s. The family of the driver has identified him as Jonathan Seidel and has created a GoFundMe page for his wife and baby daughter.
Paramedics assessed the SUV driver for injuries.
RCMP say the B.C. Coroners Service did attend the scene and investigators remain at the scene to determine the cause of the collision.
Sewage spilled on the highway from the truck and West Shore RCMP Cpl. Chris Dovell says that prevented travel on the Malahat.
CORRECTION – #BCHwy1 is CLOSED in both directions 500 meters north of Goldstream Provincial Park because of Vehicle Incident. Assessment in progress. No detour or estimated time of opening. Next update at 10:00 AM. https://t.co/YVo6c13xVO #Malahat
— DriveBC VI (@DriveBC_VI) August 22, 2018
The Ministry of Transportation and Environment is assessing the hazards from the sewage spill and HAZMAT crews are expected to finish cleanup of the sewage. According to the ministry, an estimated 200 gallons of treated sewage may have been released and an unknown amount of diesel from the compromised saddle tank was released. The spill was contained to the roadway and efforts are underway to pump off remaining sewage from the tank.
Northbound travellers on the Malahat have been directed to the southbound lane.
Drive BC says the Malahat is now open but there may be heavy congestion.
BC Ferries says that due to the collision, the Mill Bay-Brentwood Bay sailings are sold out.
Multiple sailing waits on our #BrentwoodBay – #MillBay route today due to #Malahat closure. Flaggers will be onsite soon to assist with traffic. 20 cars on each side = 1 sailing wait, 40 cars = 2 sailing wait, etc. to give you an idea of timing. ^rd
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) August 22, 2018