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News Anchor And Photojournalist Tragically Die Covering The News

May 28, 2018

With sadness for what happened today, and a deep respect for the profession they worked in to make their viewers more informed and educated.  

WYFF News 4 anchor Mike McCormick and WYFF News 4 photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died Monday when a tree fell on their SUV.

The accident happened on Highway 176 in Polk County while they were covering the impact of heavy rain in that area.  

Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said the engine of the SUV was running and the transmission was in drive when authorities arrived at the scene.  He said the tree that fell on the SUV was about 3 feet in diameter and had stood back off the road.  Tennant said the ground was saturated and the tree’s root system failed.

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