Four members of South Carolina family among those killed in I-95 crash

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (AP) - Authorities say two girls and their parents died when they were hit by a tractor-trailer in a fiery crash that closed a major North Carolina interstate for hours. The tractor-trailer driver also died.

A North Carolina Highway Patrol news release says the wreck happened when the tractor-trailer was approaching a work zone near the South Carolina state line but failed to reduce speed, colliding with a pickup truck. Several other vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction collision that caused a fire and other injuries.

The Highway Patrol identified the people killed in the pickup as a mother, father and two daughters from Goose Creek, South Carolina. Their names are: 32-year-old Elise Ann Spennati, 24-year-old Cole Allen Spennati, 1-year-old Sianna Spennati and 4-year-old Aila Spennati.

The tractor-trailer driver was identified as 68-year-old Michael Elliott Bricker of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Four members of a South Carolina family were among the five people killed Tuesday in that fiery crash on Interstate 95.

The highway was shut down in both directions for 12 hours on Tuesday after the crash.

The crash, near exit 10 in Robeson County, involved three tractor trailers and three passenger vehicles.

Several of the vehicles caught fire in the crash, with the nearby median and shoulders of the interstate also catching on fire.

The Highway Patrol says a gasoline tanker truck was approaching the slowing traffic as it entered a work zone, and it hit a Dodge pick-up truck. The pick-up was then pushed into the back of a Ford Explorer, which then hit a Ford Escape.

The tanker continued southbound, hitting the back of another tractor trailer and the gasoline it was carrying catching fire. That tractor trailer when was pushed into another tractor trailer.

Troopers say the tanker went across the median before it too caught fire.

The five people killed were:

*Michael Bricker, 68, of Myrtle Beach, who was driving the tanker truck
*Elise Spennati, 32, of Goose Creek, SC., who was driving the Dodge pick-up truck.
*Cole Spennati, 25, of Goose Creek, SC., who was a passenger in the Dodge pick-up truck.
*Sianna Spennati, 1, of Goose Creek, SC., who was a passenger in the Dodge pick-up truck.
*Aila Spennati, 4, of Goose Creek, SC., who was a passenger in the Dodge pick-up truck..

The interstate re-opened Wednesday morning around 1 a.m.


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Interstate 95 has been shut down in both directions after a fiery crash killed multiple people this afternoon.

The crash, near exit 10 in Robeson County, involves at least two tractor trailers and three passenger vehicles.

The Highway Patrol says five people have died, including a child.

Several of the vehicles caught fire in the crash, with the nearby median and shoulders of the interstate also catching on fire.

The D.O.T. says the highway is expected to remain closed past midnight.

A ten mile detour on U.S. 301 and Highway 130 has been set up.



 

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