Indiana flooding – Sisters, 4 and 7, their brother and mom among 6 who drowned after bridge washed away – The Sun

SISTERS, 4 and 7, their brother and mom were among six people who drowned after a bridge washed away in a tragic Indiana flooding.

Elysium and KyLee – whose name was alternately spelled as Kylie – Lewis were found in Sanes Creek on Saturday after their mother's vehicle was swept from the roadway in Franklin County.


The bodies of their 13-year-old brother, Ethan Williams and mom, Felina Lewis, 35, were also discovered after authorities searched the area in the small town of Laurel, about 55 miles from Indianapolis.

Shawn Roberts, 47, and Burton Spurlock, 48, who were in the second vehicle, died in the horrific accident as well.

The Franklin County Coroner Brian Baxter confirmed the names of the adult victims after a van and a pickup truck were swept off a roadway during a torrential downpour.

Although autopsies were pending on all six victims, Baxter said they had probably drowned.

The accident happened either late on Thursday, or in the early hours of Friday morning, when a bridge over the engulfed creek was partially washed out by floodwaters.

Officials said the affected area had gotten 2-3 inches of rain when tragedy struck.

The tributary of the Whitewater River surged into a torrent in the flood-prone region and ended in calamity when six lives were lost.

It hasn't been confirmed whether the vehicles were pulled into the gushing creek at the same time, however.

Indiana Conservation Officer Josh Thomas described the untimely deaths as "terrible," saying it was "hard to fathom."

"Down here, with all these hills, things flood quickly. A lot of these creeks are very small, but all of a sudden they´re big with a lot of water and a lot of water moving really fast.

"They go down almost as quickly as they come up."

Thomas confirmed all six bodies were found along the creek and were not in the vehicles they had traveled in.



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