PATOKA, Ill. (AP) – A Kentucky couple and their three children headed to visit family in Minnesota have been identified as the weekend drowning victims caught in a rain-swollen southern Illinois creek.
Todd County, Kentucky, Coroner Timothy Wells told The Associated Press Monday that Adam Schutt and his wife Erin of Elkton died Saturday night after attempting to cross a low-lying bridge near the town of Patoka, Illinois, about 60 miles east of St. Louis.
Logan, Robbyn and Chad Schutt also died. Wells did not release the victims’ ages.
The family’s car had been on Interstate 57. Investigators suggested the Schutts got lost after stopping for gas or dinner before driving into several feet of water.
Patoka Fire Chief Blake Hyde estimated water levels had risen to 4 to 5 feet above the roadway.