A fuel truck has rolled over and is leaking fuel on the Malahat. (CTV Vancouver Island)

The Trans-Canada Highway could be closed until 10 PM Thursday night following a collision between a fuel truck and a passenger van just before Finlayson Arm Road.


UPDATE: The Malahat is now expected to open sometime between midnight and 2 a.m.

12:40 a.m. UPDATE: The Malahat has just reopened in both directions. Expect delays from congestion.


The crash happened just before 11 a.m in Goldstream Provincial Park near Finlayson Arm Road.

The driver and passenger were both removed from the vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the fuel truck is believed to have only minor injuries.

First responders including HAZMAT crews have determined that the overturned fuel truck was leaking furnace oil, which has now been contained.

Police said they have closed Highway 1 near Goldstream Park in both directions as a precaution. Finlayson Arm Road will remain open for emergency vehicles and local residents only.

Police estimate 6 hours before any potential reopening of Highway 1.

“The cause of the collision is under investigation. The fuel spill is a risk for motorists and first responders, as well as a potential environmental hazard. We ask for patience from drivers who are affected by any delays as emergency crews deal with the closure of Highway 1,” says Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP.

A detour is available via Finlayson Arm Road and Millstream for both directions. However, Victoria Buzz fans tell us that route has already bottlenecked.

According to BC Ferries, there is a three sailing wait in both directions for the Mill Bay/Brentwood ferry and suggest motorist avoid

Central Saanich police posted a tweet stating the Brentwood Bay ferry is now turning customoers away.

Make sure to check Drive BC for the latest traffic updates.

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