Responders congregate Wednesday, Sept. 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 on Hwy 76, during rising floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Marion County, S.C. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Women Die In Flooded Van Driven By South Carolina Deputies

September 20, 2018 - 12:00 am
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising South Carolina floodwaters.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said the bodies of 45-year-old Windy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green were recovered from the van Wednesday evening.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson says the women died Tuesday night when two of his deputies taking them to a mental health facility under court order drove into high water. Thompson says the van submerged and the deputies weren't able to save the women from the back.

Responders decided it wasn't safe to try to retrieve the women's bodies from the van Tuesday night because of darkness.

The incident is under investigation and the deputies are on administrative leave.

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