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UPDATE: The Malahat has been fully reopened after a fatal two vehicle crash in the southbound lane on Wednesday morning.

EARLIER: 

The Malahat is closed in both directions after a fatal two vehicle crash in the southbound lane on Wednesday morning.

Around 8:10 am, West Shore RCMP were called to the Malahat (Highway 1) near the Goldstream Boat House for reports of a two vehicle collision, which involved a septic truck overturned.

RCMP said the driver of the sewage truck was found dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was injured and taken to hospital.

Collision Analyst and investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the crash.

RCMP said Highway 1 will remain closed at Goldstream Park in both directions while the investigation is completed.

Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Environment are assessing the hazards from the sewage spill. HAZMAT crews are expected complete the cleanup of the sewage prior to highway being  reopened, which will cause significant delays.

“The cause of the fatal collision is under investigation. The sewage spill prevents travel on the highway. We ask for patience from drivers who are affected by any delays as emergency crews deal with the closure of Highway 1,” said Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP. 

Drivers are told to expect significant delays.

There is no detour or estimated time of reopening, according to DriveBC.

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