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COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) -- A mother and son from North Carolina are dead, and another driver suffered serious injury, after a tire defect caused the driver to lose control.

The 1996 Chevy Blazer, driven by 27-year-old Susenna Ocompos of Monroe North Carolina, was headed north on Interstate 95 through Clarendon County when she suffered an unspecified "tire defect," according to South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson Trooper David Jones.

Trooper Jones says Ocompos was unable to control the vehicle after suffering the tire problem, and after losing control struck a 2004 Ford Explorer, also driving northbound, causing both vehicles to leave the left side of the roadway and into the treed median.

Trooper Jones reported that both vehicles struck a tree, causing entrapment, and emergency responders were able to extricate the driver of the Explorer, and then transported that person by LifeFlight to an area hospital.

Ocompos, and her 11-year-old son, Onesimo Jimenez who was riding as a front seat passenger, both died in the wreck due to blunt force trauma.

South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident, and the identities of the driver and passenger have not been released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

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