CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – An accident that ended with a vehicle on its roof in a creek killed a mother, father and their 4-year-old son over the weekend, according to Carter County coroner William Waddell.
The accident happened near Carter Caves State Resort Park.
“There were all kinds of emergency vehicles. It was 9:25 am, 9:20 am and the whole place was lit up… I was just sitting there wondering a bit, but I just had a bad feeling about it,” Pamela Wright, who lives nearby , said.
According to the coroner, the family planned to spend the night with friends in Carter Caves before heading home to Beaver Creek, Ohio, after vacationing in Virginia Beach.
The coroner says the father, 41, who was driving, missed the entrance to the state resort park, but when he tried to back up, went over an embankment into a creek. The car ended up upside down in the creek, officials said.
The father, mother, 39, and their 4-year-old son all died in the crash.
The couple’s other son, an 11-year-old boy, managed to get out of the vehicle and alert a park ranger for help.
The 11-year-old suffered minor injuries, the coroner said.
Officials report that everyone in the vehicle was wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
The coroner says all bodies have been sent to the coroner’s office in Frankfort.
No further information has been released at this time.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are assessing the crash site to see if anything can be done to improve that stretch of road.
According to a KYTC spokesperson, they received a call and request to put up a guardrail in the section where the accident happened. Engineers are assessing that request.
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