APTOPIX Tropical Weather North Carolina (copy)

Rescue personnel in North Carolina check a submerged vehicle stranded by floodwaters caused by the tropical storm Florence in New Bern, N.C.(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

A sixth death connected to Hurricane Florence and its aftermath has been reported in South Carolina after an early morning fatal collision happened in Lexington County on Sunday.

A pickup truck was traveling east on Pond Branch Road near Gilbert when it drove into standing water and lost control, authorities said. The truck traveled off the side of the road and struck a tree. 

The driver died at the scene. 

News of the sixth fatality followed other crashes tied to the storm Sunday morning. 

In Kershaw County, a pickup truck was traveling west on Interstate 20 near the 106 mile marker when it traveled off the roadway, striking an overpass support beam, S.C. Highway Patrol said.

The driver died on scene.

Another fatality happened when a driver crossed into a flooded road in rural Georgetown County.

Georgetown Coroner Kenny Johnson said a pickup truck carrying three people was traveling along Plantersville Road when it struck water crossing the road, causing the vehicle to hydroplane and then flip.

The driver and one passenger were able to escape.

Killed in the accident was Michael Dalton Prince, 23, of Georgetown, he said.

The other confirmed storm-related fatalities were: one in Union County, and two in Horry County.

"People should avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges and roadways. Never try to move or drive around barricades. Follow directions issued by local public safety officials," the S.C. Emergency Management Division said.

Eleven deaths have been recorded in North Carolina.

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Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.