Three people died Saturday when they were trapped in their vehicle under six feet of water in rain-swollen Rockdam Creek, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
“The preliminary investigation indicates a vehicle was traveling west on N.C. 27, hydroplaned and ran off the road, collided with a tree, and overturned in Rockdam Creek,” Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger said in a press release.
The victims’ identities had not been released as of noon Sunday.
The 7:50 p.m. crash was on N.C. 27 near Rock Dam Road, the trooper said.
“All three occupants were trapped in the vehicle, which was on its side and submerged in approximately 6 feet of water,” he said in the release. “The creek waters were higher than normal due to heavy rainfall over the past two days. Rescue efforts were greatly hindered by extremely heavy rainfall at the time.”
N.C. Emergency Management is reminding drivers that a vehicle can be swept away by as little as 6 inches of water on the road.
“If you see a barricade, find another route,” the agency said on Twitter. “Do not go around it.”
A flash flood watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. in Lincoln County, with the possibility of some areas getting as much as 4 more inches through Sunday night.
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