Two die in flooded sheriff's transport van

Florence flooding expected to last for days

Responders congregate on September 19, 2018, near where two people drowned Tuesday evening when they were trapped in a Horry County Sheriff transport van while crossing an overtopped bridge over the Little Pee Dee River, in Marion County, S.C.

ABC Charleston reported that the two women had been "chained" in the back of the van.

"I'm not sure if it was the way the van was positioned, against a guardrail, or if it was pressure from the water, but unfortunately they were not able to get the van doors open and get the ladies out", Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson told reporters Wednesday afternoon. Rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van. "She said if you ever have anything bad, just put all your bad feelings in these cupcakes and eat them", said Rose.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

Richardson said the patients' bodies were being recovered Wednesday morning.

The two individuals being transported were confirmed dead by the Marion County coroner.

One patient was from Waccamaw Mental Health and the other was from Loris Hospital. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Rising flood waters in the Pee Dee area in Marion County, S.C., seen on September 17, 2018.

"At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and risky conditions", the sheriff's office said. "It makes it seem like someone took a very unnecessary risk in creating the problem in the first place".

Donnela Green-Johnson, Nicolette's sister, said she knew about the transport and saw on the news about a transport van caught near the Little Pee Dee River.

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Bishop and Flood have been placed on administrative leave while three separate investigations are conducted into the deaths.

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

"I'm believing we're going to get answers", said Stacy Martin.

Last night, we had a tragedy.

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 closed northbound stretch now runs about 17 miles, from about mile marker 181 to mile marker 198, the Transportation Department said.

State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence.

Newton had posted on her Facebook page that she previously had been hospitalized for mental illness.

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