Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Shallotte woman killed when Horry Co. transport van caught in flood

Shallotte woman killed when Horry Co. transport van caught in flood

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

Two female mental health patients drowned in rising floodwaters while chained up in the back of a sheriff's van.

The incident has spawned investigations by the State Law Enforcement Division and Highway Patrol.

In a statement emailed to reporters, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson identified the women as Windy Newton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43. 'Just like you, we have questions we want answered'.

Justin Bamberg, a state lawmaker and lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law enforcement officers, said Wednesday he's perplexed by the decision to transport anyone in such uncertain weather conditions.

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WPDE-TV reported that the patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health.

I-95, which goes from Maine to Florida, travels through low-lying plains in eastern South and North Carolina. The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims.

Cooper warned locals that the flooding isn't over yet. "People need to know exactly how it happened". "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct", he tweeted.

"A Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation vehicle was involved in a high-water incident tonight".

Richardson says the women were being transported from a hospital in Horry County to medical facilities in Florence and Darlington.

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Officials said that the van was near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water that state officials are watching following the heavy rains of Florence.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported", the news release said.

Police officials told The Sun News that the deputies tried to help the victims, but couldn't open the van doors because the water was rising too fast.

"High water rescue teams arrived and were able to rescue the two deputies from the top of the van".

Richardson said the van came across rising water and was carried off the road. Earlier Wednesday, Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson had identified Newton with a different last name.

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Investigators are in the early stages of conducting interviews and gathering evidence, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said.

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