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Nanaimo couple killed in Alberta crash

A crash between a gravel truck and car in Wetaskiwin, Alta, has claimed the lives of a Nanaimo couple.

The collision happened shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 13 and 47th Street in north Wetaskiwin.

Cpl. Kevin Krebs of the Wetaskiwin RCMP said investigators believe the westbound gravel truck and trailer rig turned left in front of the couple's eastbound Chrysler Intrepid and that the driver of the car tried, but was unable, to avoid the crash.

The man, 65, and woman, 63, were trapped inside their heavily damaged car. Wetaskiwin Fire Services used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victims who did not survive the injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the gravel truck was uninjured, but was extremely distraught and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

The crash remains under investigation by Wetaskiwin RCMP and a collision reconstructionist from Red Deer.

Alcohol, speed and weather have been ruled out as factors leading up to the crash.

"As far as I know, no charges have been laid on the driver of the semi," said Sgt. Guy Perreault of the Wetaskiwin RCMP in a phone interview Thursday. "I'm not even sure if any are contemplated due to the circumstances."

Perrault said the crash appeared to have happened at relatively slow speeds.

"But you know when you have a fully laden semi like that there's a lot of momentum," Perrault said.

The RCMP are waiting for permission from the family before releasing the names of the victims.

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