Icy roads a problem when temperatures drop

Cedar Hill X Road in particular, proved tricky for drivers

Freezing conditions turned Cedar Hill X Road into a skating rink of sorts Dec. 23.

Three crashes happened within 15 minutes, beginning at 9:25 a.m. In the first incident, a Dodge Caravan overshot a curve and slammed into a curb near the corner of Crestview Road, causing it to flip on its side, then right itself. The 45-year-old Saanich man driving suffered minor injuries. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $15,000.

Minutes later a B.C. Transit handiDART bus crashed into the side of a Toyota 4Runner. An icy road prevented the bus from executing a left turn onto Cedar Hill X Road from Cadboro Bay Road. There were no injuries.

Then, a 1979 Ford pickup crashed into a parked 2009 Dodge pickup. The driver was allegedly attempting to pass another vehicle by moving into an oncoming traffic lane, but lost control on the slick surface.

There were no injuries, but damage to the vehicles was estimated at more than $30,000. The driver of the Ford faces a charge of driving too fast for road conditions.

emccracken@vicnews.com