Police inspect a vehicle that veered into the ditch off Highway 17 on Tuesday afternoon. The driver was taken to hospital.

Police inspect a vehicle that veered into the ditch off Highway 17 on Tuesday afternoon. The driver was taken to hospital.

Samaritans stabilize car

A team of six Good Samaritans stepped up to the plate after a car veered off Highway 17 on Tuesday.

A team of six Good Samaritans stepped up to the plate after a car veered off Highway 17 on Tuesday.

The vehicle was northbound in the passing lane of the Pat Bay Highway around 2 p.m. when it suddenly swept across the travel lane and into a ditch near the Keating X Road turn off.

The vehicle hit the ditch in a skid and rolled onto its side, said Central Saanich Police.

“A number of people stopped when the accident happened,” said media liaison Cpl. Janis Jean.

Six people held the vehicle, four happened to be a crew on their way to work, and were trained in first aid.

“If the vehicle had flipped it could have caused greater injuries to the driver,” Jean said. “These Good Samaritans just jumped in to help.”

 

The 19-year-old Central Saanich resident driving was the only occupant of the car. She was taken to Victoria General Hospital with undetermined but non life threatening injuries.