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Albemarle woman, nephew die in I-85 wreck near Gaffney, SC

An Albemarle woman and her nephew died in a four-vehicle wreck Tuesday on Interstate 85 in Gaffney, S.C., Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.

Krista Ann Cook, 51, was a passenger in a 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by her nephew, Brandon Lynn Yount, 34, of Inman, S.C., Fowler said.

Cook and Yount left Spartanburg about 4:40 p.m. en route to Cook’s home when, according to witnesses, the car entered the I-85 median at a high rate of speed and struck a southbound van head-on, Fowler said. The van’s driver, Tyrone Colson of Greenville, S.C., was flown by helicopter to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he was in good condition Wednesday night.

The drivers of two other vehicles in the wreck, Michael Horning, 53, of Cornelius and Terry Wright, 60, of Cary were uninjured, the S.C. Highway Patrol said.

Neither Cook nor Yount was wearing a seat belt, Fowler said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Autopsies were scheduled for Wednesday to try to determine what led to the crash.

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