2 dead after van is swept away in S. Carolina

2 dead after van is swept away in S. Carolina

2 dead after van is swept away in S. Carolina

Two mental health patients have been killed after the HCSO transport van they were in was overcome with flood waters, according to an Horry County official in SC.

The investigation has been handed over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the news release said.

"Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van", Thompson said.

Crews did not recover the bodies of Green and Newton on Tuesday night.

The officers involved in the incident are placed on administrative leave.

Asked how the women were restrained in the back of the van, Fox told CNN they were "seat belted".

The sheriff's deputies survived after rescue teams arrived on the scene and brought them to safety. Due to unsafe conditions and rising waters, additional search and rescue teams are arriving to assist in the recovery of the vehicle.

The deputies were transporting the women from Conway, near the coast, to Darlington, about 65 miles northwest, on Tuesday night.

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It was being driven by deputies from the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

Thompson said he did not think the women were in restraints in the back of the van, noting that restraints are used for combative patients "and I understand they were not". A spokesman for the division told Greenville Online, "Tonight's incident is a tragedy".

Hershberger told the station she took her mother ― who was diagnosed with schizophrenia ― to Waccamaw Center for Mental Health on Tuesday to meet with a therapist.

"This will be investigated thoroughly, at all different aspects of the investigation", Thompson said. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered. Their names also yielded no records in the Horry County jail and court index systems.

"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.

Newton had posted on her Facebook page that she previously had been hospitalized for mental illness. "It makes it seem like someone took a very unnecessary risk in creating the problem in the first place".

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North Carolina, which is bearing the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge and where rivers are still rising while thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.

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