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Marine and family die in crash on Interstate 85 near Gaffney

Wednesday - 9/19/2012, 7:22pm  ET

GAFFNEY, S.C. - A U.S. Marine, his wife and infant son traveling back to his base in Quantico, Va., have been killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 85 near Gaffney.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler says the wreck occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday when a pickup truck went out of control, crossed the median and collided with a tractor-trailer.

Fowler says 20-year-old Angelica Smith was driving. Her 22-year-old husband, Marine Cpl. Luther Smith IV, was in the passenger seat and their 6-month-old son Preston was in a safety seat in the back seat.

Fowler says all three died in the wreck and not from the fire.

The coroner says the family had just finished visiting family in Alabama.

The driver and a passenger in the tractor-trailer were not hurt.

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