TRYON, North Carolina (CBSDFW.COM) – An upstate North Carolina news crew died in a crash on the job on Monday.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol told CBS-affiliate WSPA_TV, two WYFF-TV employees were hit by a tree while driving southbound on Highway 176 in Polk County, North Carolina.

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Reporter Mike McCormick and photographer Aaron Smeltzer were in Polk County covering severe weather.

WYFF Photographer Aaron Smeltzer and reporter Mike McCormick (WYFF)

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McCormick started working at WYFF in 2007 as a reporter in Spartanburg. He was also the anchor of the stations weekend evening newscast.

Smeltzer started working at WYFF in February of this year, according to the station’s website.

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The station said on it’s website, “All of us at WYFF News 4 are grieving. We are a family and we thank you, our extended family, for your comfort as we mourn and as we seek to comfort the families of Mike and Aaron.”