ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WCSC/WMBF) - Four Goose Creek family members were among five people who died Tuesday in a multi-vehicle crash on I-95.
The victims have been identified as Elise Ann Spennati, 32; Cole Allen Spennati, 25; Aila Spennati, 4; and Gianna Spennati, 1.
The Spennatis were in a Dodge pickup truck, troopers say when the accident happened.
Spennati's family says the four were coming back from Pennsylvania where they spent Mother's Day when the accident happened.
According to the family, Cole Spennati worked with underwater mines at the Naval Munition Command at the Naval Weapons Base in Goose Creek. He had recently received orders that he was going to be stationed in San Diego.
The family also said Elise Spennati was a Navy veteran.
Right now, the family is not releasing any details about funeral arrangements.
A Myrtle Beach man, Michael Elliott Bricker, 68, who was driving a Volvo tanker, also died in the accident.
The crash happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. near mile marker 8 on I-95 in Robeson County and involved a total of six vehicles, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety Sgt. Michael Baker.
Troopers say the preliminary investigation shows all vehicles were traveling south on I-95 and approached an NCDOT work zone where crews were painting the roadway.
Investigators say the Volvo tanker failed to reduce speed as it approached slowing traffic and struck the Dodge pick-up truck. The pickup truck was then pushed into a Ford Explorer SUV, which in turn, struck a Ford Escape SUV, Baker said.
The Volvo tanker continued uncontrolled on I-95 and struck a Freightliner tractor trailer and ignited gasoline being hauled in the tanker, Baker said.
Three others from Charleston were among six injured in the incident, troopers say.
Four of the six were hospitalized and are all listed with serious injuries but in stable condition, Baker said.