UPDATE: Authorities identify man killed in flooded wash

Car overturns, 1 dead
Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 12:15 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 at 8:14 AM MST
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Crews remove the car from the wash. (Source: KOLD News 13)
Crews remove the car from the wash. (Source: KOLD News 13)

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - One man is dead after being trapped in a car that was upside down in a flooded waterway on Sunday, Aug. 12.

According to a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman, 46-year-old Mark Neely died when his car was swept away on Tucson's south side.

Pima County Sheriff's deputies and crews from Rural Metro Fire responded to the scene at Lumber Street and South Nogales Highway south of Tucson, according to Rural Metro Battalion Chief John Walka.

Walka said the call for help was made around 7:30 p.m.

The water swept the car about a half-mile downstream from where the man tried to cross on Old Nogales Highway.

Witnesses tried to rescue him by throwing a rope, but were unsuccessful.

"His car was getting pushed backwards," Raul Haro said. "He could not push the door open to get out. He just kept yelling, 'HELP! HELP!' I would throw the rope and he couldn't get it. He couldn't get it. I tried to help him."

Walka said that the car was in an unstable situation and crews couldn't get near because there was too much debris.

"This is unusual for it (the water) to be this high right now and to be going this fast right now," Walka said. "This was a true swift-water incident and we're considering this one of the most severe that we've seen."

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