Sheriff's deputies at the scene where two women died while being transported in a police van in SC.
Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in SC are watching closely as water continues to poor into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence. "They're still under the water", Richardson told the Associated Press this morning.
"High water rescue teams arrived and were able to rescue the two deputies from the top of the van". "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct", he tweeted.
"Tonight's incident is a tragedy", Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said in Tuesday's statement. "People need to know exactly how it happened". But nothing could be done to save the two women they were transporting.
Richardson said the van came across rising water and was carried off the road.
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According to statute, the documents authorizing the admission require "a law enforcement officer, preferably in civilian clothes and preferably with crisis intervention training, to take into custody and transport the person to the hospital designated by the certification".
WPDE-TV reported that the patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Spokesman Thom Berry said recovery efforts are set for today - the van and the victims remain in the flood waters at the scene. The two individuals being transported were confirmed dead by the Marion County Coroner.
According to information from the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the portion of Highway 76 in the Nichols area was closed Tuesday night and had been closed for some time. This incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
The SCDOT added the driver of the vehicle had to go around a barrier to get stuck where they were. Chief Deputy Tom Fox of the Horry County Sheriff's Office did not respond to an email request for the spellings.
The storm, which was considered a post-tropical cyclone Tuesday, poured almost 40 inches of rain in some parts of North Carolina. Human and animal waste is mixing with the swirling floodwaters, which have killed about 1.7 million chickens on poultry farms.
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