Snow, lack of winter tires causes 'numerous' crashes in Sooke: RCMP
Highway 14 in and out of Sooke was extremely slippery, and police say that combined with drivers not using snow tires led to a number of crashes Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (DriveBC)
Even though snow was in the forecast throughout the week, drivers in Sooke apparently didn't get the memo, according to RCMP.
Police issued a news release cautioning drivers about accumulating snow and said it had already caused "numerous collisions" Friday morning.
RCMP said the found "that very few drivers are prepared for the weather with few vehicles having winter tires."
Highway 14, which connects Sooke to the West Shore, was slippery as were most side roads in the area, RCMP said.
Several vehicles slid into ditches on an incline of Gillespie Road, forcing firefighters to send down one vehicle at a time to prevent pile-up crashes.
"We've got pretty slick conditions," said Sooke firefighter Daniel Donaldson. "We don't recommend people coming out who don't have to."
Careful out there. Just got a call from @CTVNewsJordan who's in the West Shore area headed to Sooke. Road conditions aren't good. Drivers are pulling over on the shoulder apparently to wait it out.— Andrew Johnson (@CTVNewsAndrew) February 8, 2019
"Police are advising you not travel unless it is absolutely necessary," they said.
Click here for more on the snowfall across Vancouver Island.
Road conditions very poor in Sooke. Multiple Incidents Sooke Fire is attending too. Very slippery and stay off the roads if you can. Slow down when approaching an accident scene. pic.twitter.com/ReeJ3Yt5It— Sooke Fire Chief (@FireChiefSooke) February 8, 2019
Conditions on the Roads, Your Latest Update. The voices of Victoria let us know what they are seeing out there. One caller confirms seeing at least 4 vehicle incidents in the Sooke Area. Listen Here https://t.co/F5XCwnxINf— CFAX1070 (@cfax1070) February 8, 2019