Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

PHOTOS: Fifteen vehicles involved in Sunday’s highway crash

Police say two people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Fifteen vehicles were involved in Sunday’s highway pile-up, with police saying the collisions came from a combination of bad weather and drivers not responding to the poor conditions.

The westbound lanes of Highway 1 were closed for several hours Sunday afternoon and evening after the chain-reaction collision, which took place around 3 p.m.

Two people were taken to hospital, RCMP Cpl. Mike Halskov said, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Halskov said the pile-up began with “several cars crashing into each other,” and was followed by a series of other collisions.

While Halskov didn’t have the number of vehicles involved, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service assistant chief Craig Bird put the figure at 15. Photos from the scene show sedans, SUVs, and trucks – including one bearing the logo of road maintenance company Emil Anderson – all snared in the collision.

Witnesses on Facebook report white-out conditions at the time of the crash, with traffic travelling slowly in both lanes.

RELATED: Highway 1 re-opened after afternoon pile-up in Abbotsford

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Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Shane Mackichan photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Kelly Young photo

Highway 1 was closed Sunday near Whatcom Road after a multi-car pile-up. Kelly Young photo

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