Collision on icy Malahat

A head-on collision occurred on the Malahat Drive near Goldstream Park on Sunday evening.

A head-on collision occurred on the Malahat Drive near Goldstream Park on Sunday evening.

The crash occurred at 5:42 p.m., after a red Chrysler Sebring travelling northbound lost control on a patch of ice.

“It hit the concrete barrier on the right shoulder and then skidded across the road and hit a red Ford Escape,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Danny Willis.

The Escape was travelling southbound and was struck head-on.

“The Sebring flipped onto its roof and both vehicles sustained massive damage,” Willis said.

The highway was closed for 30 minutes and traffic control was in place for two and half hours while the crash site was investigated.

Alcohol and speed are not deemed a factor in the crash.

Occupants of both vehicles were taken to hospital. West Shore RCMP did not have the number of occupants on file.

“Once the sun goes down, and these days that’s at 4:30 p.m., it is difficult to see and people need to drive accordingly,” Willis said. “Black ice can pop up anywhere.”

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com