2 dead after van is swept away in S. Carolina

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 19, 2018

The Horry County Sheriff's Office transport van was still in the water as of about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, WPDE reported.

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

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.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office van was transporting the two women from Horry County to other hospitals, Richardson said. Their names haven't been released.

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Holden says the deputies tried to get the mental health patients out but couldn't open the doors. High-water rescue teams rescued the deputies from on top of the van.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy". "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

The patients were being taken from Loris Hospital and Waccamaw Mental Health Hospital to McLeod, according to WPDE.

Two mental health patients in SC have died after being inside a transport van that flooded.

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