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3 Amish children die when buggy flips in US creek

3 Amish children die when buggy flips in US creek

Three Amish children were swept away and died when the horse-drawn buggy they were in overturned in a creek swollen by heavy rains. Meanwhile, authorities were searching for a fourth child Friday.
A married couple along with seven children were trying to cross the creek Thursday night on a roadway in southwestern Kentucky when the buggy overturned, knocking them into the water, Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon told The Associated Press. The couple and three of the children escaped but four other children under age 12 were swept away.
The bodies of three of the children _ including a 6-month-old _ were found early Friday, Redmon said. Authorities continued searching for the fourth child, an 11-year-old girl, he said.
Law enforcers, firefighters and volunteers were taking part in the search Friday, Redmon said. Some were searching along the creek and others took to the water in boats.
Rescuers set up a headquarters at a church near the creek. Emergency management personnel from several counties, two swift water rescue teams and about 250 other volunteers showed up to help.
"We've been searching around the clock," Redmon said.
With the sun up and the water having gone down some, Redmon said searching should be easier Friday. People were holding out hope that the girl was still alive, he said.
"We're not going to give up until the end," he said.
The area is a sparsely populated farming community in far western Kentucky, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Paducah.
Torrential rains drenched parts of Kentucky and other states Thursday night.
The Amish, a subgroup of Mennonite churches, are known for simple living, plain dress and a reluctance to adopt modern technology, preferring to use horse-pulled buggies instead of motor vehicles.


Updated : 2021-10-22 09:44 GMT+08:00