2 missing after garbage truck enters flooded South Dakota river

2 missing after garbage truck enters flooded South Dakota river
A road starts to flood near Canton, S.D., and the Iowa boarder, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. LOREN TOWNSLEY/THE ARGUS LEADER VIA AP

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities said they found the bodies of two men whose garbage truck was pulled from a flooded South Dakota river.

The men were last seen Thursday driving away from a landfill in Mitchell. Crews spotted a damaged guardrail Saturday on a highway along the James River and later found the truck.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said the bodies of the 61-year-old driver and 46-year-old passenger were inside the truck when it was pulled from the river Sunday.

The patrol said that equipment failure likely caused the crash but that the investigation was ongoing.

Three deaths have been blamed so far on flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries. Two men remain missing in Nebraska.

The flooding has also damaged thousands of homes and inundated vast swaths of agricultural land in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

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