Two die in flooded sheriff's transport van

Randy Kelley
September 21, 2018

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 South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

Deputies with the Horry County Sheriff's Office were transporting the two women, who have not been identified, to another facility on Highway 76 when they hit rapidly rising floodwaters, Sheriff Phillip Thompson said in a statement. "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". At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and unsafe conditions. The vehicle, operated by HCSO officers Joshua Bishop and Stephen Flood, was swept away by flooding near the Little Pee Dee River.

Sheriff's deputies at the scene where two women died while being transported in a police van in SC. High-water rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.

The Transportation Department advised northbound motorists to take a wide detour around the area by using I-85 from Georgia through South Carolina's Upstate and on to Charlotte.

The deputies in the van were rescued and taken to the hospital, according to our source, but the patients were chained in the back of the van.

According to CNN affiliate WPDE, the women were being transported from a hospital in Loris and from the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Conway to McLeod Health Darlington, Fox said. Thompson said his office would cooperate with the probe.

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Two die in flooded sheriff's transport van

"We get an order to transport to a facility, that's what we do", Thompson said.

Neither woman has an arrest record in SC, according to documents obtained from state police.

"We want those who are responsible to be held accountable", it reads in part. Their names also yielded no records in the Horry County jail and court index systems. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

Facebook/Jewels Green Nicolette Green pictured on her sister's Facebook page.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said, "They're both still under the water". She posted multiple times about her struggles.

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.

"I know that it is a very sad situation so ive just been praying for the victims and the families of the victims", said Martin.

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