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‘How many have to die?’ SC mental health patients endure nightmare transport conditions

An Horry County sheriff’s deputy drove a transport van into floodwaters Sept. 18 with Nikki Green, left, and Wendy Newton, right, trapped in a cage in the back. A rescue crew, center, managed to cut through the van’s roof, but couldn’t cut through the cage wall.
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Carli Brosseau is a reporter at The News & Observer who often analyzes databases as part of her work. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.