Two people have been fortunate to only have suffered minor injuries after their vehicle hydroplaned on HWY 17 following heavy rainfall over the weekend.
According to Saanich Police, at about 11:12 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision in the southbound lanes in the 5100 block on the Pat Bay Highway.
The crash occurred near the entrance of the Victoria City Rowing Club.
The driver of the vehicle lost control on the wet roads and veered off the road to the right, striking a utility pole and then crashing over the embankment.
Both the male driver and female passenger were transported to the hospital with injuries that later turned out to be minor and non-life threatening.
“Due to the utility pole and hydro lines involved, the southbound lanes were closed to traffic for 25 minutes and re-opened at 12:00 p.m.,” said Saanich Police Cst. Markus Anastasiades.
“Investigators suspect that heavy rain and wet roads played a factor in this collision, along with speed”
Officers are looking to speak to anyone that might have witnessed this collision or that have dash-cam footage leading up to or capturing the events of the collision.
The vehicle involved was a mid-2000’s white Chrysler 300 4-door sedan.
Saanich Police are reminding commuters to adjust their speed relative to the road and/or weather conditions.