WYFF news anchor and reporter Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer both died Monday when a tree came crashing down on their vehicle.
The two men were covering the impact of Alberto’s outer bands on the Carolinas.
Authorities say the broadcast journalists were traveling on a highway near Tryon, North Carolina when a large tree toppled on their SUV –killing the two instantly.
“It’s hard to tell. I know there’s a tree fell. I’m sure with the instability of the mountain up there and everything else we’ve had going on here all that debris and stuff up there very good potentially was due to the rain, the instability of the mountain,” said Arledge the EMA Director.
Local officials declined to directly attribute the deaths to the subtropical system, Alberto.
Authorities say the tree became uprooted from soil loosened by days of recent rains.