A South Carolina highway maintenance worker is among the nine dead from flooding and storms that lashed the state this weekend.
The state Department of Transportation (SCDOT) confirmed Monday that 45-year-old Timothy Gibson died in flood waters along flooded Garners Ferry Road in southeast Columbia on Sunday. In a statement, the agency said Gibson was overseeing work being done at that location when the truck he was riding in got caught in rushing flood waters, overturned and was swept downstream. He had been reported missing before his body was found late Sunday.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said an autopsy will be performed Monday, but said it appeared the cause of death was drowning.
“The entire SCDOT family grieves for the loss of Timothy Gibson,” Acting Secretary Christy Hall said in a statement. “We are proud of the way he served the citizens of South Carolina. He did not hesitate to put his life on the line to protect the public during the current state of emergency. All of us at SCDOT offer our thoughts and prayers for Timothy Gibson and his family,” she added.
Gibson was a highway worker in SCDOT’s Richland Maintenance Unit and a Columbia native. He has a wife, two daughters and a son, according to SCDOT. He is the second road maintenance worker killed in Richland County this year. A crew leader Paul Fee was killed in March after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver north of the city.