WYFF TV Employees Killed

Tree hits SUV in heavy rain

May 28, 2018 - 6:45 pm

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state trooper says a tree fell across a highway, crushing a vehicle from a South Carolina television station and killing a TV anchor and photojournalist.

Master Trooper Murico Stephens says the tree struck the WYFF-TV vehicle around 2:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 176 near Tryon. The area received heavy rain from the fringes of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

WYFF-TV says anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were heading to a story when they were killed.

Anchor Carol Goldsmith said on air that McCormick and Smeltzer were “beloved members of our team — our family.”

The tree fell in Polk County not far from where a landslide killed a woman in her home on May 19 after heavy rains.

1063 WORD offers our sincere condolences to our fellow broadcasters.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office offered their condolences:

"On behalf of Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office sends our deepest condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by their loss, and particularly our friends at the Wyff4 family."



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