Motorists urged to use caution when roads get slick

Chilly mornings lead to slippery, icy conditions on roads

Freezing conditions turned Cedar Hill X Road into a skating rink of sorts last week, causing trouble for some motorists.

Three motor vehicle crashes in the span of 15 minutes on the road on Dec. 23, beginning at 9:25 a.m.

During 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 and 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 Cross Road from Cadboro Bay Road. There were no injuries.

Then, a 1979 Ford pickup truck crashed into a parked and unoccupied 2009 Dodge pickup in the 2300-block of Cedar Hill Cross Rd.

The driver of the Ford had allegedly been 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 is estimated at more than $30,000. The driver of the Ford faces a charge of driving too fast for road conditions.