Update: The Pat Bay Highway has reopened after a serious multi-vehicle crash closed both southbound lanes in Central Saanich Thursday afternoon.
The southbound lanes of the Patricia Bay Highway are closed at Keating Cross Road after a multi-vehicle collision on Thursday afternoon.
The crash occurred just before 1 p.m. at the left turn lane onto East Saanich Road.
Central Saanich police say a four-vehicle collision in the southbound lane has resulted in all four drivers being transported to hospital.
Two of the drivers are believed to have suffered serious injuries. There were no fatalities.
Police said one driver was travelling at full highway speed when he crashed into another vehicle causing it to spin into the other two vehicles.
2 p.m. UPDATE: Northbound lanes have been reopened, however, traffic is slow going. There is no estimated time for reopening of the southbound lanes.
3 p.m. UPDATE: Both southbound lanes remain closed at Keating Cross Road. A Saanich Police traffic analyst is on scene determining what caused the crash.
4:45 pm update: Crash scene cleared and the highway has been reopened. Expect heavy congestion.
The northbound lanes were also closed for a short time but has since reopened to single lane traffic.
A southbound detour via Island View and northbound detour via Keating Cross are available.
There is no estimated time for when the highway will reopen.
More to come.
Traffic is closed in both directions on the Pat Bay Hwy at East Saanich due to a 4 vehicle collision in the southbound lane, possible serious injuries. Thank you for your patience as we tend to the scene. We will update when more info is available. #yyjtraffic #csaan
— CS Police Service (@cspoliceservice) August 9, 2018
UPDATE – CLOSED – SB Vehicle incident at Keating Cross Road, Central Saanich. The southbound direction is closed. Detour: Island View Rd, Central Saanich RD and Tanner Rd. Assessment in progress. No estimated time of opening. Next update 2:00 PM. #VanIsle https://t.co/Wgj9dWUxB5
— Drive BC (@DriveBC) August 9, 2018