UPDATE: Highway 17 almost cleared

Delta police are getting close to opening up Highway 17 near the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal after an early morning three-vehicle crash.

“Feeling bad for all the ferry passengers that just can’t catch a break this week,” said Delta police on its traffic twitter feed. “Tows hooking up now, then the de-icing trucks will do their thing and we will re-open.”

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Police hope to open up the highway around 3 p.m.

The head-on collision brought traffic to a standstill and prevented several ferries from loading and unloading this morning.

Both the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. sailings from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen — the first off the Island in nearly 24 hours after a major windstorm — were held at the dock while emergency crews responded, and the 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. departures from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay were unable to load.

The crash left one person seriously injured, around 8:40 a.m., said public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf.

An air ambulance attended the scene to transport one person to hospital. The two other people involved in the collision were not injured, Leykauf said.

Delta firefighters responded to a diesel spill that occurred as a result of the crash.

-with files from Victoria Times Colonist

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