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2 in Pat Bay crash remain in serious condition

Aug 18 2012

Two people involved in a three-vehicle crash that shut down the northbound lanes of the Patricia Bay Highway for hours on Thursday remain in hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old Parksville man, suffered severe head injuries, while the passenger, a 43-year-old Courtenay woman, has serious chest injuries.

The two were thrown from the motorcycle after the driver stopped hard to avoid a crash. A car had stopped to avoid congestion and was rear-ended by a pickup.

The two riders rolled onto the road and under the truck’s wheels.

Saanich police say driver inattention is believed to be a factor. 

The collision is still under investigation by the traffic safety unit and no charges have been laid.

The crash came a day after Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom and municipal politicians announced $3 million in safety upgrades to the highway near the intersection at Sayward Road — where 169 northbound rear-end collisions occurred over a five-year period.

The accident occurred near where congestion-warning signals are being installed south of Cordova Bay Road.

It is hoped the flashing signals will stop people from following too close and speeding.

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