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Man killed after car swept away in floodwater south of Tucson
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Man killed after car swept away in floodwater south of Tucson

A man was killed after his car was swept away in floodwater just south of Tucson Sunday night, officials say.

The man has been identified as 46-year-old Mark Neely. 

Rural Metro Fire responded to a call of a vehicle in a wash in the 11000 block of South Old Nogales Highway, near East Lumber Street, around 7:30 p.m. last night, according to Battalion Chief John Walka. 

Neely was driving on South Old Nogales Highway when he drove around a barricade and was swept into a flooded street, Walka said. The vehicle was then swept downstream into a wash. 

The vehicle later flipped while in the wash, Walka said. The floodwater pushed the vehicle half a mile, a news release from Rural Metro Fire said. 

Rescue crews attempted to enter the area, but the water was too high and running too fast, Walka said. At the time, crews did not know if anyone was in the car. 

Crews had to wait around two hours for the water to begin receding, which is when Neely was found, Walka said.

This is the second fatality caused by floodwater the summer.

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Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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