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Goose Creek family remembered after deadly I-95 crash

Cole Spennati, his wife Elise, and their young daughters, 4-year-old Aila and 1-year-old Gianni. died in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on I-95 outside Lumberton, North Carolina Tuesday. The family is from Goose Creek.

“I pray for whomever was driving these vehicles. I pray for them all."

Those were the words of an emotional woman driving slowly past a fiery crash scene near Lumberton, North Carolina Tuesday. She could be heard on cell phone video of the crash site.

The wreckage on Interstate 95 shows the scars of a deadly impact. Scorched steel and burned pavement left behind a trail of terror. But it doesn't show four of the people who lost their lives.

The mother of 25-year-old Cole Spennati confirmed her son, his wife Elise, and their young daughters were killed in the crash. 4-year-old Aila and 1-year-old Gianni died with their parents.

The family had spent a few days in Pennsylvania visiting relatives during Mother's Day weekend. Jen Spennati tearfully said it was a weekend filled with love and laughter.

The Spennatis were traveling home to Goose Creek. Cole was a mineman in the U.S. Navy Munition Command. He had just received orders to relocate to San Diego, California.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Spennati family and all those affected by this tragic accident. Petty Officer Spennati was a valued member of our Naval Munitions Command team and he and his family will be missed by all," said Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Turo, a Navy spokesperson.

Spennati's mother emotionally explained how her son's family left Pennsylvania on Monday. They spent the night in Petersburg, Virginia. Then, they resumed their trip on Tuesday.

But it ended tragically in a fiery crash along I-95 near Lumberton, just 10 miles from the South Carolina border.

Investigators say all four family members were killed. The driver of the tanker truck, 68-year-old Michael Elliott Bricker of Myrtle Beach, was also killed.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said late Tuesday that three of the seriously injured were flown by helicopter for treatment.

46-year-old Javier A. Estrada-Beltran, 35-year-old Francisco Morales-Gaspar, and 34-year-old Lucia De-La-Cruz, all of Charleston, were in stable condition at UNC Chapel Hill as of Wednesday.

68-year-old Mary Ann Payne of Kansas City, Missouri was in stable condition at a hospital in Florence.

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