A southern Illinois coroner said 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 said 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 west 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.
Cannon said dive teams recovered the car from the water several hours later, and the bodies of the victims from the car.
The names of the victims were not immediately released. Cannon says the vehicle was traveling from Kentucky to Minnesota.