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One person dead in head-on crash in Saanich

Police say the incident happened when the 81-year-old victim was exiting a bank in Saanich on Sept. 6, 2016. Darrel Patton/Global News

One person has died after a head-on crash near Victoria.

Two vehicles collided at a corner near the 5200 block of West Saanich Road in Saanich shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, police said.

One driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The area was closed for several hours and expected to reopen in the afternoon.

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“I was shocked and saddened,” said Mayor Fred Haynes. “It’s a time to reflect and think of the family.”

Haynes said Saanich council is committed to traffic safety and livability of the community.

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“We have the Motor Vehicle Pilot Act application prepared to go to the province to ask for a reduction in speed limits on our residential streets from 50 to 40 kilometres per hour.”

Police did not say what led to the crash or whether speed was considered a factor.

Investigators have spoken to witnesses and asked anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact them.

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