Two in hospital after head on collision on the Malahat

The two male drivers of the vehicles involved in the head-on collision late on the morning of March 7 are alive, but both are in hospital.

The two male drivers of the vehicles involved in the head-on collision late on the morning of March 7 are alive, but both are in hospital.

A Dodge minivan that was travelling south on the Malahat crossed into the northbound lane at Split Rock and collided with a five-ton white Freightliner just before noon, and the truck then slammed into the rock face.

Rescue workers from the Mill Bay and Malahat fire departments had to cut the driver’s door away from the van to get the driver out.

The extent of the injuries to both men, the only occupants in the vehicles, are considered serious but not life threatening.

The north-bound lane of the highway was closed for approximately three hours after the accident.

Traffic was diverted through Shawnigan Lake Road while the Malahat Fire department cleaned spilled diesel fuel from the highway.

The accident is still under investigation.