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Crash snarls traffic on Trans Canada at Tillicum

One of the vehicles involved has markings of a company supplying traffic control personnel
Crews were busy Thursday morning cleaning up an accident at the intersection of Trans-Canada Highway and Tillicum Road. Wolf Depner/News Staff

Southbound traffic on the Trans Canada Highway snarled during parts of the morning commute Thursday as two vehicles collided near the intersection with Tillicum Road, with one of the vehicles belonging to a company supplying traffic control personnel.

Albert Beekman, a 63-year-old resident of Esquimalt, said he was on his way to the Victoria International Airport to catch a flight to Saskatchewan when his Ford Ranger collided with a Nissan.

The other vehicle was carrying two women wearing safety vests. It bore the markings of Domcor Traffic Control International. On its website, the company says it “provides experienced teams of traffic control professionals and flaggers for traffic control jobs throughout BC.”

“She was going full speed through the intersection,” said Beekman. “I was starting out.”

The two women in the other vehicle refused to comment to the Saanich News, which has also asked Saanich Police to supply additional information about the incident.

According to Sgt. Jereme Leslie of the Saanich Police, the Ford Ranger was travelling south on the highway.

The Nissan was travelling east on Tillicum. “The Nissan went through a red light and was struck by the Ranger,” he said.

The incident did not cause any major injuries and the driver of the Nissan — a woman in her 40s — received a ticket for failing to stop for a red light, said Leslie.

So what is the status of Beekman’s travel plans. “I would say cancelled,” he said.