Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies


Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton were both killed while riding in a Horry County Sheriff's Office van after the vehicle became overcome by flood waters during Hurricane Florence. The incident is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.

The Marion County coroner has identified the two women who drowned in a Horry County sheriff's van on Tuesday night.

"They got out and tried to open the van to get the ladies out", Thompson told reporters on Wednesday.

Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in SC.

Thompson said deputies rode around a barrier blocking the road where the incident happened on the way to the facility.

When it comes to the deputies who assist in transport, Thompson said that they have gone through extensive intense training.

"They were trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out", he told AP.

Or northbound motorists from Georgia could get off I-95 and take either I-26 or I-20 to Columbia and then catch I-77 to Charlotte, the agency said.

A press release from the Horry County Sheriff's Office said that the van had been carrying two detainees.

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Horry County Deputy Tom Fox told WPDE-TV the victims were mental health patients being transported from one facility to another.

"We want those who are responsible to be held accountable", it reads in part. Thompson said neither deputy had committed any significant past driving infractions in connection with their duties.

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They had to suspend recovery efforts due to rising water.

Rescue teams were able to get to the deputies, authorities said. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered.

Neither woman has an arrest record in SC, according to documents obtained from state police.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said. "We are just very sorry that this event has taken place".

The Little Pee Dee River reached major flood stage after Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas over the weekend and is expected to crest at 16 feet on September 21, seven feet higher than flood stage.

Hershberger said that her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago and took medication for the condition; a new therapist who Green visited on September 18, determined she needed to be committed to a mental institution.