Most drivers on the Malahat on Thursday morning probably don’t know about the near accident that could have resulted in major injuries and delays.
But a dashcam video posted on Twitter shows the harrowing moment when a vehicle makes a sharp U-turn from the southbound lane on Highway 1 to get into the northbound lanes.
The vehicle is narrowly missed by an approaching truck in the northbound lane that had to slam on its brakes and come to a halt just in time to avoid the vehicle.
The video was captured by the witness at about 6:40 a.m. while approaching the Shawnigan Lake turnoff.
A second truck following in the left lane is also seen having to slow down dramatically before changing lanes.
Keep your eyes on the Northbound lane as you watch this footage:
Yeah, so ever wonder why they have to shut down the #malahat so often? Today at 6:40 am approaching Shawnigan Lake turnoff SB. I could have been another victim save for one guys quick reflexes. @malahatdrive @DriveBC_VI pic.twitter.com/tmEuhBbhkT
— Kathryne (@KathryneY) August 24, 2018
The incident occurred just a day after a fatal two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a new father. Johnathan Seidel, 36, died after his sewage truck collided with a blue SUV then rolled over on the Malahat near Goldstream Park.
He leaves behind wife Randa and a two-month-old daughter, Hazel.
The driver of the SUV was injured and taken to hospital. The crash is still under investigation.