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LANGFORD TRAFFIC: Hwy 1 closed briefly due to MVI

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MVI on Hwy 1 on Jan 6, 2023: A 2007 Chrysler Sebring did not stop and rear-ended a 2021 Subaru Forrester. The impact of the collision was so hard that the Green 2021 Subaru wound up rolling up over the hood and on top of the roof of the Sebring. [West Shore RCMP]
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Friday January 6, 2023 | LANGFORD, BC [Updated Jan 10, 2023]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends


Both northbound and southbound lanes on the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1) north of Finlayson Arm Road near Goldstream Park were closed for a while today January 6, due to a two-vehicle motor vehicle incident (MVI) in the northbound lane.

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In a two-vehicle crash, an SUV landed on top of another vehicle on Hwy 1 north of Finlayson Arm Road. [Robyn Malovec / CHEK]

The MVI happened around 2:50 pm, which would be the start of commuter rush hour up and down Hwy 1, both heading out of Victoria/upisland and returning to the Greater Victoria area.

According to West Shore RCMP (in a news release January 10): The collision occurred when traffic slowed down suddenly in the northbound lane. Most vehicles came to a safe stop. However, one vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler Sebring did not stop and rear-ended a 2021 Subaru Forrester. The impact of the collision was so hard that the Green 2021 Subaru would up rolling up over the hood and on top of the roof of the Sebring.

“The driver of the Sebring was a prohibited driver and will be facing charges under the Motor Vehicle Act,” said Cpl Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer, West Shore RCMP. “Remarkably no injuries were reported in this collision,” she said on Jan 10.

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Two-vehicle MVI on Hwy 1 on Jan 6, 2023: A 2007 Chrysler Sebring did not stop and rear-ended a 2021 Subaru Forrester. The impact of the collision was so hard that the Green 2021 Subaru wound up rolling up over the hood and on top of the roof of the Sebring. There were no injuries. [West Shore RCMP]
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Traffic was closed in both directions on Hwy 1 north of Finlayson Arm Rd for about an hour on Jan 6, 2023.

There was some rain that day, which may have made roads slick, but photos show relatively dry road conditions.

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Traffic was closed in both directions on Hwy 1 north of Finlayson Arm Rd for about an hour on Jan 6, 2023.

The lanes were reopened around 3:45 pm, but City of Langford Engineering said at 4 pm to still expect delays.

According to RCMP, hundreds of commuters experienced delays while crews worked to clear the scene. Both vehicles were removed by tow trucks.

Traffic control was on-site directing traffic.

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Hwy 1 just north of West Shore Parkway (leaving Langford) shows heavy traffic at 4:45 pm, after the MVI backlog on Jan 6, 2023. [Drive BC]
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