Woman’s body found after car swept away by flood waters
Officials say a woman whose car was swept into a flooded creek in eastern Kentucky yesterday has been found dead. A child police initially believed to be with her was not found.
Officer Rufus Cravens with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says the car was swept off a rural Lee County highway into Sinking Creek, as pounding rain caused flash floods across the state.
Rescue crews searched the rushing waters for nine hours Friday. Cravens says the car was found submerged in the creek Friday evening and the Lee County Coroner pronounced the woman inside dead.
Investigators now believe the woman was alone.
Kentucky State Police says it’s no clear why responders initially believed a child was also in the car.
Severe storms Thursday and Friday swamped the state, triggering flash floods in several locations. A mudslide in Pike County pushed a tiny church from its foundations. And a woman was killed when a large tree limb fell on her family’s tent, while they were camping at Natural Bridge Resort Park.