Friday morning commute highly impacted as West Shore RCMP kept busy responding to motor vehicle collisions.
2021-09-17 09:26 PDT
File # 2021-17461
West Shore RCMP are urging motorists to drive carefully after responding to several motor vehicle collisions around the West Shore which slowed down the morning commute significantly.
At around 6:00 am, West Shore RCMP were called to assist for a BC Transit bus that had rolled over while travelling southbound on the Trans-Canada Hwy near Thetis Lake. While the investigation remains underway, initial evidence gathered at the scene revealed that the bus was empty and the lone driver attempted to avoid a possible hazard caused by another vehicle ahead. The bus driver was taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
At around 7:00 am, West Shore RCMP responded to the intersection of Wale Rd and Goldstream Ave for a two vehicle collision. Witnesses reported that a blue Nissan Leaf had turned in front of a blue Ford pickup, resulting in a head-on collision. The driver of the pick up truck was transported to hospital by ambulance.
At around 7:00 am again, West Shore RCMP were called, this time to attend the 400 block of Goldstream Ave. for a three vehicle collisions that resulted in a rear-ender. There were no injuries reported, however due to the heavy traffic, tow trucks were delayed in attending the area.
At around 07:40 am, West Shore RCMP were called to the intersection of Langford Pkwy and Phipps Rd after a female pedestrian was hit by a vehicle. The pedestrian was not seriously injured and the driver of the vehicle remained on scene to cooperate with the investigation.
We are asking drivers, pedestrian and cyclists to spend some time getting ready to stay safe during wet weather, says Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP.
We recommend the following wet weather road safety tips:
- Use your headlights but avoid using your high beams. Headlights help make you visible to other drivers and pedestrians but high beams can reflect back and reduce your ability to see other road users.
- Don't use cruise control in the rain. If you hydroplane in cruise control your wheels can reach an excessive speed while they're not in contact with the road, which means you'll be jolted forward once the wheels make contact again.
- Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front. The three-second rule applies in good weather but you should double it to six seconds for light rain/fog and triple it to nine seconds for heavy rain/fog. If the vehicle in front of you is a commercial vehicle or a bus, leave even more room.
- Slow down. Posted speed limits assume good road and weather conditions so go below the limit to say safe in wet weather and low visibility.
- Beware of other vehicles around you. Larger vehicles such as trucks, buses and trailers are especially affected by heavy rain.
- Adjust your planned travel time to include sufficient time to fully demist/defog all your windows.
Cst. Alex BérubéMedia Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
www.westshore.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
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