UPDATE: 2 found dead after road washout south of Fort Yates

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FORT YATES, N.D. - UPDATE: 8:00 PM: The Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis says the nurse reported missing has now been found dead. The mail man who was found dead earlier has also been identified.


UPDATE 4:20 PM:

Tribal Chairman Mike Faith says first responders pulled man's body from a river after the Native American Scenic Byway washed out south of Fort Yates.

He says the highway collapsed after flood waters inundated the culvert under the road.

The search for a missing nurse continues.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A nurse is missing after a road near Highway 1806 washed out Tuesday morning due to the rain, according to the Director of Transport at Sitting Bull College. The director says the nurse was on her way to the hospital for her shift, but didn't arrive.

The Native American Scenic Byway south of Fort Yates is washed out and impassible, according to a Department of Transportation spokesperson.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith says they are also looking for a missing man in connection to the washout.

Water Rescue Team Commander Gary Schaffer says they believe three to four vehicles are in the water and a dive team is preparing for a water rescue. Schaffer says it's and unpredictable and dangerous situation.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are searching for the nurse. There is a possibility airplanes maybe involved in the search.

The director also confirmed that a Sitting Bull College bus was involved in an accident during the washout.

The bus driver was the only person on board the bus. Sitting Bull College said the driver is in the hospital for injuries caused by the accident, and is expected to recover.

A pick-up truck was also washed off the road and the driver was taken to the hospital for his injuries but is expected to recover.

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