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Couple OK after big crash

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West Kelowna Fire Rescue members look over a pickup truck that rear-ended a semi trailer-truck on a foggy patch of the Okanagan Connector.
Airbags helped save an Ontario couple as they drove into the back of a transport truck in dense fog Wednesday.
The man and woman were heading west on the Okanagan Connector near Pennask Summit at 10:25 a.m. when their Ford pickup slammed into the rear left corner of the truck's double-flatbed trailer.
The impact crumpled the front of the pickup like an accordion and diminished the life space in the cab. The woman was trapped in the passenger seat and had to wait until West Kelowna firefighters cut the metal with hydraulic shears to pull her out.
The driver apparently got out on his own and was walking around when paramedics arrived. Both victims, aged about 30, were taken to Kelowna General Hospital with minor injuries.
"Airbags in the (pickup) were deployed, which helped them through the accident and lessened the injury," said RCMP Cpl. Brian Harris at the scene.
The couple had Ontario plates and were heading toward the Coast with a full load of possessions.
The transport truck was travelling at 60 km/h, Harris said, and the pickup at closer to highway speed.
Patches of fog made visibility 50 metres or less five kilometres east of the summit. The pavement was slick with hard, compact snow.
Both vehicles ended up in the slow lane. Traffic was able to pass the emergency vehicles in the fast lane. A tow truck was ordered to haul away both vehicles.
Police are not recommending charges against either driver.
More snow was forecast to fall Wednesday night and a weather alert was issued for the Coquihalla highway Wednesday afternoon.

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