‘Very fortunate to walk away’: 2 injured in serious crash in Saanich

‘Very fortunate to walk away’: 2 injured in serious crash in Saanich
Saanich police vehicles are pictured in this file photo.

Two Saanich teens were injured in a serious crash that occurred overnight in Saanich, according to local police.

The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday at 5933 Old West Saanich Rd., northwest of Elk Lake.

Police say they received a report of a single vehicle crashing into a tree, and when officers arrived paramedics and firefighters were already at the scene.

Two 18-year-old men, the driver and a passenger of the vehicle, were being loaded into an ambulance when police arrived.

Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries to their body and face and were taken to hospital, according to Saanich police.

Meanwhile, the crash had caused damage to a tree and nearby BC Hydro pole, causing a power line to go down.

BC Hydro crews and Saanich municipal workers were called to the scene to help repair the power line and clean up debris.

‘Significant crash’

Police say the crash caused “extensive damage” to the vehicle, a black Chevy Cobalt.

“It was certainly a significant crash,” said Saanich Police Sgt. Damian Kowalewich.

“Both of these young men are very fortunate to walk away from this crash,” he said.

Police say the driver of the vehicle was an N driver.

Impairment has been ruled out as a factor in the crash, though an investigation into the cause of the collision is still ongoing, and police may still consider charges under the motor vehicle act.

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