Four Amish Children Drown When Swept Away In A Kentucky Creek. Heartbreaking.

Fri, February 25, 2011 4:02pm EDT by 1 Comment

Four Amish children, all under the age of 12, drown after their horse-drawn buggy toppled into a flooding river.

This is completely devastating. Four Amish children were found dead this morning after they were swept away by a rain-swollen river near their hometown of Dublin, Kentucky. Those who died were a 5-month-old, a 5-year-old, a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old, the three youngest being siblings and oldest, a cousin. Heartbreaking.

Their family of nine was caught in a downpour at 8:30 p.m. when their buggy tipped over in a severe rain storm. The buggy was crossing a creek, which the family didn’t realize had risen with the rain. “Whenever they crossed it, the water was so swift it just took the buggy and tipped it over,” Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said. The kids were swept away.

The two adults and three other children who were in the accident survived along with the horse who was dragging the carriage.

After the three youngest children’s bodies were found shortly after midnight, family, friends and emergency workers were praying the 11-year-old had survived. “She was just an all-around good girl,” the driver of the buggy, Levi Yoder, 30, said of his niece.

The family was returning home from the “phone shack,” when the accident occured. We pray for their families.

–Leigh Blickley

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