Officials on Saturday recovered the body of a 4-year-old girl who was trapped inside a vehicle carried away by a flood caused by severe thunderstorms that lashed Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.
Five other people also died in the storms this past week.
A diver found the car in Sinking Creek in about 12 feet of water, 75 yards downstream from where it left a road, said Rick Priest, Breckinridge County’s emergency management director.
The body of the girl, identified as Madison McCawley, of Rosetta, was still in the car, authorities said.
The girl’s mother and another adult got out of their vehicle safely Thursday night, about 50 miles southwest of Louisville, authorities said.
Drownings, deadly lightning strikes
Elsewhere in Kentucky, lightning killed Shirley F. Cosby, 68, on the sidewalk in front of her home.
In southern Indiana, searchers found the bodies of Greg Kemp, 35, and his 4-year-old son, Isaac, both of Leopold, downstream from where their pickup truck was washed off a road. Authorities continued searching Saturday for the boy’s grandfather, Robert Edwards, 55, also of Leopold.
In Tennessee, the bodies of two 15-year-old boys, Vincent Kruk and Philiip Siefert, were found Friday, the day after they were swept away while swimming in a creek near Clarksville, said Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services official Gary Perry.
Two emergency workers who tried to rescue the teens were injured when their boat capsized and one was in critical condition Saturday after spending up to 6 minutes underwater.