A strange and tragic incident that made national news has been reported by KTLV. A horse and buggy were swept away by a river as they were trying to cross a low-water bridge.
The horse and buggy were owned by an Amish family in Bath County, Kentucky. Six people were in the vehicle when it overturned. The adult driver was able to make it out and call for help, but four siblings died in the accident.
There is one more child that is missing. Authorities are on the hunt for the missing child.
Very few people still use a horse and buggy for transport, notably people in the Amish and Mennonite communities across the United States. Occasionally you’ll hear about accidents from horses in cities where they are often part of a tourist attraction.
However, this case does show a common problem with flooding rivers. It doesn’t take much water to overwhelm any vehicle. Driving in any water over a foot deep is a recipe for disaster because the car will lose traction. If it’s deep enough, it will even start floating and become uncontrollable.
Even if you have a horse and buggy, the rule is simple. Don’t drive through flowing water if you can help it. Turn around and find another way.
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