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Florida woman dead, others hurt as tour bus slams car on I-95

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Aug 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-02 16:55:00-04

BENSON, N.C. -- A Florida woman is dead and the driver of a New York City tour bus is among the injured after an early-morning highway crash in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Sunday the deadly crash happened about 4:20 a.m. on Interstate 95 about 35 miles south of Raleigh.

Sgt. Michael Baker said in a statement that the southbound bus crossed the median into oncoming traffic. A northbound car swerved off the interstate to avoid the bus and slammed into a tree. The crash killed the motorist's wife, 54-year-old Enid Ortiz of Palm Bay, Florida. Their 12- and 13-year-old grandchildren needed treatment at a Raleigh hospital.

Bus driver Eric Jimmerson of New York City was ejected from the vehicle. Troopers say the 23-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition.