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Truck driver dies after crash, EMS worker to adopt surviving dog

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Cosmo survived the tragic collision. (Oct. 25, 2015/FOX Carolina) Cosmo survived the tragic collision. (Oct. 25, 2015/FOX Carolina)
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Cosmo and Sandy, a member of the Fork Rescue Squad. (Oct. 25, 2015/FOX Carolina) Cosmo and Sandy, a member of the Fork Rescue Squad. (Oct. 25, 2015/FOX Carolina)
FAIR PLAY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Coroner Charlie Boseman said a truck driver was killed in a crash early Sunday morning near Fair Play.

The coroner said Gary A Stephens, 60, of Blacksburg, was pronounced dead on the scene. 

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said a driver from Tampa, Florida was traveling northbound on Interstate 85 around 6:22 a.m. in a Toyota four-door. The driver reportedly crashed into the median before returning to the roadway and stopping.

Troopers said Stephens was traveling behind the driver in a 2001 Peterbilt box truck and was unable to stop, striking her vehicle in the rear. After the collision, Stephens' vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a barrier before hitting a tree head-on.

Stephens was seat belted and became entrapped.

Boseman said Stephens' 14-year-old dog, Cosmo, was with him inside of the truck and was not injured. Initially, family members asked that the dog be cremated and laid to rest with him.

After talking to the family again, Boseman said they thought having Cosmo around would be too painful of a reminder of Stephens and are unable to care for him. The family decided they would like for Cosmo to go to a good home, though.

The chief of Fork Rescue Squad said a member of their crew who responded to the scene has adopted Cosmo.

The crash remains under investigation.

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