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TV anchor, photojournalist killed when tree falls on vehicle

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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.
  
WYFF-TV is based in Greenville, South Carolina.

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