Two Women Die In Police Van Swept Away By Florence Aftermath Flooding

Two Women Die In Police Van Swept Away By Florence Aftermath Flooding

Two Women Die In Police Van Swept Away By Florence Aftermath Flooding

Holden says the deputies tried to get the detainees out but couldn't open the doors. "It's come up 2 feet since last night".

The women, who were shackled, became trapped inside the vehicle.

Richardson said the deputies and two patients began the trip that afternoon from a hospital near Conway, where tributaries of the Pee Dee River are overflowing their banks.

Richardson says the incident happened near the Little Pee Dee River, which is one of the bodies of water officials are monitoring for intense flooding following Florence.

Thompson was asked if the vehicle drove around barriers on the road, and said that was under investigation.

Thompson said he did not think Green and Newton were in restraints when the van hit the floodwaters.

The incident is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division. 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.

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Two die in flooded sheriff's transport van

Under South Carolina law, people who have been certified by a physician as posing an imminent risk of harm to themselves by virtue of mental illness and are the subject of an involuntary emergency admission must be transported by law enforcement to whichever designated hospital has agreed to admit them, according to officials with the state's Department of Mental Health.

Thompson said he was concerned with the five deaths, but he said those at the detention center were different. "Why did the Deputies drive through flooded waters?" According to the report, the two deputies climbed to the top of the van and were rescued by a high water team. Chief Deputy Tom Fox of the Horry County Sheriff's Office did not respond to an email request for the spellings.

The van couldn't be removed Tuesday night because of rising waters and risky conditions, according to the release. "Just like you, we have questions we want answered".

"If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, why were they driving on that road anyway?" asked State Rep. Justin Bamberg, a trial attorney in SC who has represented families in cases of police killings, according to the AP. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said. She also posted multiple times about her struggles. "We are just very sorry that this event has taken place".

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday and helped volunteers at a church in the hard-hit coastal town of New Bern.

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