Two South Carolina inmates drowned in a prison transport van when floodwater from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence overtook the vehicle, according to the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.
Two deputies were able to escape the vehicle. They were transporting the inmates from Conway, near the coast, to Darlington, about 65 miles northwest, on Tuesday night.
As they traveled down US 76, high water swept away the vehicle. The Sheriff’s office said, “The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported,” the news release said. “Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van.”