An Horry County Sheriff’s Office transport vehicle carrying two people when it was submerged in flood waters was waved past barricades.
According to Brooke Holden, with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, the HCSO transport vehicle was waved past barricades by National Guardsmen the night the two women drowned.
Holden also says there was an order out that law enforcement vehicles were able to pass through the barricaded area. No other information is available as the incident is still under investigation.
A press release from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office states the vehicle, staffed by two Horry County Sheriff’s Office deputies, was transporting two people from Conway to Darlington. The vehicle was traveling west on Highway 76 around 1/2 of a mile from the Little Pee Dee River when the vehicle was overtaken by flood waters.
Chief Deputy Tom Fox, with the HCSO, says two HCSO deputies were transporting two mental health patients to McLeod Behavioral Health in Darlington. One patient was from Waccamaw Mental Health and the other was from Loris Hospital.
According to Fox, while driving down Hwy 76 in Marion County about 1/2 of a mile from the Little Pee Dee River, the van was overtaken by water. The two deputies were rescued by high water rescue teams.
Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson identified the two women who died as Windy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, NC and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach.
WBTW News13 will provides updates as we receive them.