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Here’s the backstory on the bizarre crash that closed the Malahat last week (PHOTOS)


Following a bizarre collision that occurred on the Malahat last week, a lot of Vancouver Islanders were wondering how this might have happened.

Today, West Shore RCMP released more details on what actually occurred.

At around 2:50 p.m. on Friday, January 6th, West Shore RCMP and the BC Highway Patrol responded to a collision that resulted in a massive traffic queue on Highway 1 (the Malahat) just north of Finlayson Arm Road.

Police say the collision occurred due to traffic suddenly slowing down in the northbound lane. Most vehicles in the queue were able to slow down and stop safely, except for one vehicle.

A 2007 Chrysler Sebring didn’t brake and rear ended a 2021 Subaru Forester, according to West Shore RCMP. 

The impact of the collision was enough that the Sebring ended up wedging itself underneath the Forester which remained propped up on the vehicle’s hood.

(Robyn Malovec)
(Robyn Malovec)

“This collision shut the highway down in both directions for approximately an hour while crews worked to clear the scene causing delays for hundreds of commuters on a busy Friday afternoon,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer. 

Police say the driver of the Sebring was prohibited from driving and will be facing charges for being behind the wheel of the vehicle responsible for the collision under the Motor Vehicle Act. 

West Shore RCMP says that no injuries were reported in this collision.

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