NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) — Three people are dead in Nelson Co. after being swept away during flooding while inside a Ford Explorer Saturday.
Police said the vehicle was traveling along Dee Head Road from Walter Hall across to New Hope when it was swept off a bridge by fast moving water into a swollen creek.
Five people, including the driver, were in the vehicle when the incident occurred. Two of the passengers, Jason Newberry and Debby Puyera, were able to escape the vehicle. The driver, 36-year-old Cindy Newberry of Gravel Switch, and two other passengers, 51-year-old Chris Gray of Campbellsville and 61-year-old Don Paul Allen of Raywick, were unable to exit the Explorer and drowned, police said.
The two surviving passengers were transported to the hospital for evaluation and are expected to be OK.
The Rolling Fork fire chief said Jason and Cindy Newberry were married.
Police and the coroner are investigating, but said they do not believe alcohol was a factor in this accident.