UPDATE: Two hospitalized after Pat Bay crash

Two motorcycle riders remain in hospital recovering from injuries after a chain reaction collision yesterday on the Pat Bay Highway.

Two motorcycle riders were hospitalized after a chain-reaction collision Thursday on the Pat Bay Highway at the spot where road crews were installing a safety measure aimed at minimizing crashes on that stretch of road.

The crash was initially reported by police as a motorcycle rear-ending a truck, which had rear-ended a car that had stopped for a road crew near Claremont Road, at about 12:20 p.m. on Thursday.

While police now say the vehicle wasn’t stopping for the road crew, and driver inattention and a congested highway is to blame, the Ministry of Transportation confirmed crews were working at that spot on the highway.

“Sensor loops were being installed in the road,” a spokesperson with the ministry wrote in an email to the News.

One day prior to the accident, a $3 million safety improvement project was announced, including new acceleration and deceleration lanes at Sayward Road. The sensor loops were being installed as part of the first safety measure: a ‘congestion ahead’ sign, near Claremont Road.

A 47-year-old male motorcycle driver from Parksville and his passenger, a 43-year-old woman from Courtenay, were thrown from their Harley Davidson in Thursday’s crash, after braking hard to avoid a GMC Sierra pickup, which had rear-ended a Toyota Matrix.

The northbound motorcyclists where thrown onto the road and under the back of the Sierra, police say. The drivers of the Sierra and the Toyota, residents of Metchosin and Saanich, were not injured.

The collision is still under investigation by Saanich police’s traffic safety unit. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash.

While installation of the electronic ‘congestion ahead’ sign was to happen solely at night, the ministry spokesperson said: “… if there will only be minor delays to traffic, work is done during daylight hour; the improved visibility makes it safer for workers and the travelling public.”

– with files from Edward Hill

kslavin@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Annual study shows high satisfaction with B.C. post-secondary schools

Study also reveals men tend to dominate higher paying jobs in the trades

Midway will open early at the 2019 Saanich Fair

This year the fair will pilot a “sneak peek” and the main stage will feature April Wine

Cross-examination begins for Oak Bay dad accused of killing daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Camosun mechanical engineering project solve real-world problems

Showcase included projects that confound conventional wisdom, garner industry interest

Arenas, fitness centre ready for action after significant flood at Saanich recreation centre

Library branch, archives remain closed after Thursday night flood

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Most Read