Man dies after flood water sweeps truck off the road in North Carolina

(Photo by North Carolina Highway Patrol)
(Photo by North Carolina Highway Patrol)

GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A man was found dead in his pickup truck in Gates County Monday morning.

75-year-old Thomas Elliott Saunders, of Sunbury, was reported missing by family during Hurricane Matthew.

North Carolina Highway Patrol says Saunders was driving south on NC 32 near the intersection of Silver Springs Road, just past the Sunbury Fire Department, around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Saunders died of an apparent drowning after his vehicle was swept off the road by flood waters crossing NC 32.

Photos: NC 12 overwash from Hurricane Matthew