6 taken to hospital in TCH pileup involving 15 vehicles near Birchy Narrows

Two of the people rushed to hospital have sustained serious injuries in a multiple-vehicle pileup that also involved three tractor-trailers.

One lane of the TCH had reopened late Monday afternoon

Multiple vehicles are involved in the crash on the Trans-Canada Highway near Birchy Narrows Monday morning. (Joan Knight/Twitter)

Six people were rushed to hospital Monday — two of them with serious injuries — after a massive collision that involved numerous cars and trucks on the Trans-Canada Highway on Newfoundland's west coast. 

The 15-vehicle pileup included three tractor-trailers. 

Four of the six people taken to hospital have injuries that are not thought to put their lives at risk, the RCMP said early Monday afternoon. 

The TCH near Birchy Narrows was closed around 10:45 a.m.

Up to eight ambulances responded to the scene, in addition to police officers from three different detachments and fire fighters from three different municipalities. 

Traffic had been backed up at least half a kilometre. 

Shortly after 4 p.m., one lane of the highway had re-opened to traffic. But police warned drivers that whiteout conditions and high winds were ongoing and to expect delays. 

Tow trucks have not yet arrived to the crash site, police said. 

RCMP Cpl. Jolene Garland told CBC Radio's On The Go it was one of, if not the biggest, traffic pileups she can remember.

She said while the investigation is continuing into exactly what caused it, the whiteout conditions and high winds are likely major contributing factors. 

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With files from Jennifer Grudic and On The Go