2 dead after van swept away in S. Carolina amid Florence flooding

2 dead after van swept away in S. Carolina amid Florence flooding

The women were in the back of the van, in shackles. The sheriff said that the women were being transported as part of a court order, telling reporters that his agency acts as a courier in such situations, to follow a judge's wishes.

Two women who were being transported to a mental health facility drowned when a sheriff's department van was swept away in rising SC floodwaters, according to authorities.

Marion county coroner Jerry Richardson confirmed the two women - 45-year-old Wendy H. Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette T. Green - died at the scene.

The van was traveling on an area near Little Pee Dee River, when waters surged and pushed the van off the road. This image shows the approximate location but heading east from a tweet at around noon Tuesday. It took about 45 minutes for emergency crews to find the van, the sheriff said.

One patient was from Waccamaw Mental Health and the other was from the Loris Hospital.

Initial reports suggested that the victims were inmates, but officials have clarified that they were mental patients.

It was reported early Tuesday that the Pee Dee River was rising above flood stage and spilling its banks and roadways were flooding but some passable.

The coroner in neighboring Marion County confirmed the two deceased patients were female, and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, according to the statement.

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"A Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation vehicle was involved in a high-water incident tonight".

The van was carrying the detainees to a different facility in Darlington, South Carolina when it was overtaken by flood waters on Tuesday.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported".

Rescue teams were able to get to the deputies, authorities said.

"At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and unsafe conditions", the sheriff's office said.

Justin Bamberg, a state lawmaker and lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law enforcement officers, said he's perplexed by the decision to transport anyone in such uncertain weather conditions.

Two people have drowned after a Horry County Sheriff's Office van was swept away by flood waters.

US President Donald Trump visited storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday, while the state's governor, Roy Cooper, pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet, warning the flooding is far from over and will get worse in some places. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

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