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Two N.C. children not wearing seat belts die in S.C. crash

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ORANGEBURNG, S.C. (AP) -- Two siblings from Concord, North Carolina died in a one-car crash on Interstate 26 in South Carolina over the weekend after their grandmother fell asleep while driving.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says ten-year-old Alex Cress and 14-year-old Tiffany Cress were riding in the back seat when their grandmother fell asleep and drove into the median about 6:15 a.m. Saturday.

Trooper Paul Brouthers says Georgia Fritts overcorrected when she veered back onto the interstate. Alex and Tiffany were ejected as the 2001 GMC Yukon overturned. They were not wearing seat belts.

The siblings' mother was riding in the front seat. Forty-two-year-old Linda Cress was wearing a seat belt. She was taken to a local hospital.

The grandmother was flown to a Columbia hospital.

The entire family was from Concord. South Carolina law requires everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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