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Adam and Erin Schutt, along with three children, Logan, Robbyn and Chad, die when car is swept away during flash flood in Marion County, Illinois
A southern Illinois coroner says three adults and two children have drowned after the vehicle they were riding in was swept away and sank in a rain-swollen creek. Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says the swift moving East Fork Creek carried the car off a low-water bridge about 7:30 p.m. Saturday near the town of Patoka, about 60 miles east of St. Louis. The car became lodged 150 to 200 feet downstream, but shortly after the first firefighter arrived on the scene it was dislodged and sank.
Dive teams recovered the car, which was traveling from Kentucky to Minnesota, from the water several hours later, said Cannon, who pronounced all five dead from drowning just before midnight. The names of the victims were not immediately released. Authorities were notifying relatives in Kentucky and Minnesota of the deaths, he said. The vehicle had been on Interstate 57, and investigators “speculate they may have stopped for fuel or dinner … and somehow got turned around or were following an erroneous GPS track,” Cannon said in a news release. The car drove into several feet of water, he said. “The low-water crossing under normal conditions typically has very little water trickling across the roadway, if any at all. However, with the recent heavy rains, East Fork Creek, as with all other waterways in the region, was swollen and moving swiftly,” Cannon said.
On the GoFundMe account, the deceased are identified as Adam and Erin Schutt, along with three children, Logan, Robbyn and Chad. The account was set up by Elizabeth Schutt, former sister-in-law to Adam Schutt.