Four children dead, one still missing after horse-drawn carriage overturns

Four Amish children have died and one remains missing after a horse-drawn buggy overturned while trying to cross a low-lying creek in Kentucky.

WKYT reports that four of the five children have been found dead and one child is still unaccounted for after Wednesday’s accident in Bath County. Kentucky State Police told the news station that a family of five children and what appears to be one adult were attempting to cross a creek on Wednedasy just before 5 p.m. when the carriage overturned. The adult reportedly survived, and a search recovered the bodies of four of the five children.

Emergency crews are continuing to search for the missing child. The victims have not been individually identified, but all involved in the accident are reportedly members of the Hochstetler family, which is part of the Amish community of Bath County.

A witness reportedly said that she and her boyfriend pulled the horse out of the water. Missi Mosley told the news station that she and her boyfriend heard about the accident over a police scanner, and went to the scene in the ATV. They found the horse and were able to pull it to safety, she said, but they didn’t see any of the victims.

“It was devastating,” Mosley told WKYT. “The waters are so swift, and the rain was pouring down. It was just a somber feeling.”

As of late Thursday night, rescuers were still searching for the missing child. A WKYT reporter said on Twitter that authorities had called in a dive team to help with the search.

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