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No injuries in two early morning crashes in Saanich

Feb 25 2012

Heavy rain and a metal shelving unit in the middle of the street are believed to be factors leading to two early morning accidents on Saturday.

Saanich police first responded to a two-car accident just after 1 a.m. on the TransCanada Highway where two vehicles ended up in the ditch between Tillicaum and MacKenzie roads.

The driver of the first car veered off the road, while the driver in the car behind him tried to avoid a collision, but appears to have lost control and ended up in the same ditch.

“It looks like the driver may have over corrected,” said Sgt. Ron Stewart.

The driver of the first vehicle may have fallen asleep behind the wheel, say police, who do not suspect alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Both were taken to hospital, but were released shortly after.

Officers then attended a second incident in the 3500 block of Maplewood Road around 5 a.m. when the driver of a vehicle swerved to avoid a metal shelving unit left in the middle of the south-bound lane.

The car slammed into a pole, slid into the ditch and flipped onto the passenger side door before coming to a stop, say police.