2 patients drown as van swept into floodwaters

The Latest Deaths of 2 women will be investigated

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

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.

Floodwaters in North Carolina were still quite high as of September 19.

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

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the remnants of Hurricane Florence spawned a total of six tornadoes in Virginia earlier this week.

The U.S. Military says more than 12,000 troops are supporting federal, state and local response efforts in areas affected by former Hurricane Florence.

"They were unable to do so", Thompson said.

WBTW reported that according to "Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson, two have been confirmed drowned on the Little Pee Dee River".

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says search-and-rescue teams responded late Tuesday to a report of a body just south of Fayetteville.

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"We have very intense training for folks that go into transport", Thompson said.

Thompson also said he didn't know if the deputies had driven around any barricades blocking the roads.

The death toll from storm Florence has risen to at least 37 in the US East Coast, including two mental health patients drowned in a van overtaken by floodwaters, the media reported on Wednesday.

The two deputies worked to free the women, who were being transported Tuesday night as part of a court order, but were not able to save them from the back of the van, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson told reporters.

Two deputies transporting the patients jumped into action.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported", a statement from the Horry County sheriff's office noted.

That's according to documents obtained from the State Law Enforcement Division concerning 45-year-old Windy Wenton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green.

The death toll from Florence reached at least 37 in three states Tuesday, as Florence went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms hit the Northeast, where flash floods struck New Hampshire and NY state. State police spokesman Thom Berry told the AP on Wednesday that agents were on the scene aiding in the recovery effort. The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims.

Thompson said he wasn't sure what prevented the deputies from opening the van's rear door to save the women. At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and risky conditions. This incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

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