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Richland County coroner identifies two victims pulled from flood waters

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A S.C. Highway Patrol trooper inspects the crash site where two bodies were pulled from the water the afternoon of Oct. 7, 2015, after an truck carrying five railroad contractors ran through a barricade and fell into the water earlier that morning.
A S.C. Highway Patrol trooper inspects the crash site where two bodies were pulled from the water the afternoon of Oct. 7, 2015, after an truck carrying five railroad contractors ran through a barricade and fell into the water earlier that morning. thestate.com

Two subcontractors from out of state pulled from vehicle submerged in flood waters; one victim is from Lexington, Ky.; second from Chesapeake, Ohio.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has identified the two men who were killed when a vehicle they were traveling in became submerged in flood waters in lower Richland County.

Coroner Gary Watts said Robert Bradford Vance, 58, of Lexington, K.Y., and Ricky Allen McDonald, 53, of Chesapeake, Ohio, were pronounced dead after being pulled from a vehicle submerged in flood waters Wednesday afternoon.

Watts said Vance and McDonald were subcontractors for the railroad. They, along with three other subcontractors, were traveling to a job site at 3 a.m. Wednesday when their vehicle drove through a barricade near the 2100 block of Congaree Road and left the roadway.

Watts said the vehicle became submerged in the flood waters that had washed out a portion of the roadway. The other three subcontractors were able to escape the vehicle to safety.

A portion of Congaree Road runs parallel to a railroad line, but it is unclear what job site the men were trying to reach.

The 2100 block of Congaree Road crosses Cedar Creek, which became flooded during historic rainfall over the weekend.

So far, there have been 17 people killed throughout the Carolinas after historic rains and flooding hit the area Sunday and Monday. Nine of those victims were from Richland County, Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson said.

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