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Four Amish children killed after buggy flips in creek

The father of the 11-year-old girl killed in the Graves County buggy crash is now talking about the events that led up to the deaths of four children.

Samuel Wagler says his brother and sister-in-law took their six children out to eat and to call their grandfather who lives in Missouri. Wagler's daughter Elizabeth joined her cousins and was planning to stay with the family for the night. They tried crossing a creek less than a mile from their home.

However, the buggy the family was in flipped in the rain-swollen creek.

Search and rescue crews found the bodies of five-month-old Rosemary Wagler, five-year-old Sarahmae Wagler, and eight-year-old Samuel Wagler within a few hours of the wreck. They found the family's cousin, 11-year-old Elizabeth Wagler, Friday morning.

"This is not the ending that we'd hoped for, but then again we can say that we now know that she's home. We have found her body. And her parents aren't gonna have to wonder every night when they go to bed where she is, if she's still out there," says Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon.

All other family members in the buggy survived, as did the horse pulling the buggy.

Like so many others today, Dale Perry was devastated after hearing about the loss suffered buy the Wagler family. While Perry has no connection to the Wagler family, he does have a connection to Amish people.

As the owner of the Amish Gallery in Lexington he deals with the Amish on a regular basis.

"They are very careful who they do business with," he says.

He says over the years, he's built an understanding and respect for the Amish approach to live and there lack of modern convenience.

"They shun modern technology," says Perry. "They get in a cold buggy and rain hit them in the face a lot, I really admire them for living that lifestyle."

He says the Amish separate themselves from a modern world by choice.

Perry says, "The Amish believe that the best way to not fall victim to temptation is just to avoid the opportunity."

He says the would explain how the Wagler family would not be aware of the rapidly flowing creek, no radios or TV to receive warnings.

"It doesn't surprise me at all because they might not have been aware of the weather situations."

Perry says, from what he knows of the Amish; what they lack in convenience, they make up for in faith and compassion. A feeling he now shares with the Wagler family.


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