Early morning commute was halted on the Pat Bay Hwy after a collision involving a deer and six vehicles.

At 6:40 a.m. on Thursday morning, a vehicle traveling northbound on the highway hit a deer. The impact slowed the vehicle down, and it was rear-ended by another vehicle.

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The deer, on the other hand, was sent skidding into the southbound lanes of the highway where it was hit a second time by another vehicle.

This impact then led to another set of rear-end collisions.

A total of six vehicles were involved in the accident, and four of them needed to be towed away from the site.

None of the drivers required hospitalization but two of them were attended to by paramedics. The deer survived both hits and was last seen running east-bound from the highway.

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“With the morning darkness during the commute, Saanich Police are reminding
drivers to leave adequate space to stopr or take action in the event of an
emergency,” says Det. Staff Sgt. Chris Horsley.

“At a highway speed of 80 km/h, a vehicle is travelling almost 20 metres per second. Distance is required to provide adequate time to stop or take action to avoid the car in front.”

Saanich Police, BC Ambulance and emergency personnel attended to the incident which blocked both lanes and congested the highway for around 40 minutes this morning.