Westshore Towing was kept busy clearing roads and the Malahat. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)

Westshore Towing kept busy on local roads and Malahat

Many towed vehicles did not have winter tires

Westshore Towing Ltd. has been busy over the past few days towing drivers — many with summer or all-season tires — off the roads and the Malahat.

Owner Dave LeQuesne said the biggest problem was that most of the vehicles they towed were not equipped with winter tires.

“It was just chaotic up there,” LeQuesne said about the Malahat. “The mood went from happy to ugly in a matter of minutes … and it’s the people themselves that caused the problem.”

READ MORE: Greater Victoria snowfall breaks 2014 record

Westshore Towing had trucks on the Malahat up to the Shawnigan Lake area as well as in Sooke, East Sooke and the Highlands.

LeQuesne noted all of the company’s trucks and drivers were out Sunday night helping to clear vehicles off the roads.

Many people, LeQuesne said, just left their cars on the roads and highways and walked to their destinations.

On Trans-Canada Highway near Thetis Lake, LeQuesne said there were at least 15 cars abandoned with some parked in the slow or fast lanes, which is not only dangerous, according to LeQuesne, but also blocks the way of other vehicles.

READ MORE: Another snow day for Greater Victoria following night of snow fall

In some areas, LeQuesne said people with all-season and summer tires could not get through at all but vehicles with winter tires were driving by with no problems.

There were three incidents on the Malahat where Westshore Towing had to specifically tow vehicles so plows could continue working.

“People just weren’t using common sense,” LeQuesne said.

With more snow expected throughout the day Tuesday, LeQuesne said Westshore Towing will likely be kept busy again.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Westshore Towing was kept busy clearing roads and the Malahat. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)

Westshore Towing was kept busy clearing roads and the Malahat. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)

Westshore Towing was kept busy clearing roads and the Malahat. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Victoria man collects 28 bags of trash along two-kilometre stretch of highway

20-year-old spent 12 hours collecting garbage near Thetis Lake

It’s showtime: Victoria theatre reopens with new COVID-19 protocols

Capitol 6 theatre and SilverCity Victoria have reopened with limited seating

Rapid bus system could increase frequency, reliability in Greater Victoria

BC Transit studies methods for improving major routes in Capital Region

Victoria Police searching for missing teen

Arianna Mckenzie, 17, last seen July 2

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Two injured hikers airlifted from North Vancouver Island Park

Campbell River and Comox Search and Rescue hoist team rescued the injured from Cape Scott Provincial Park

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Lower Mainland teacher facing child pornography charges

Elazar Reshef, 52, has worked in the Delta School District

Most Read