Originally Published: August 14, 2018 11:57 a.m.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities in Pima County say a 46-year-old man died after his car was swept away in floodwaters south of Tucson Sunday night.
The man has been identified as 46-year-old Mark Neely.
According to a Facebook post by Rural Metro Fire of Pima County, firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle inside down in a wash near the 11000 block of South Old Nogales Highway, near East Lumber Street, around 7:30 p.m.
"First arriving crews found a vehicle upside down in a steep wash with extremely fast high water surrounding the vehicle," the post said. "It was impossible for crews to get near the vehicle and it was determined that the situation was not survivable."
Officials said emergency responders had to wait about two hours for the water to recede before they could recover Neely's body from the car.
The fast-moving water carried the car a half-mile down the waterway.
"We urge everyone to obey the road closure signs and do not cross flooded washes." Rural Metro Fire said.
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