Flooding claims five lives in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Authorities say five people have been killed by flooding caused by a strong storm system that swept through most of Kentucky.

Emergency officials in Ballard, Carroll, and Nelson counties say five victims were killed in three separate accidents Sunday.

State Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers told The Associated Press that the bodies of three people were pulled from Rolling Fork River Nelson County Sunday morning near New Hope. We're told the vehicle drove into the water. Five people were inside, and two were able to get out. The three people killed haven't been identified. The two who escaped were taken to the hospital, and are being treated for hypothermia. Their conditions are not known.

In Carroll County along Gilgal Road, officials tell us Arnold Ray Smith, 48, was killed after his ATV fell off a bridge, trapping him in the creek below. Smith's body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

In Ballard County, officials tell us Gary Sullivan, 54, was found in an abandoned vehicle in a flooded ditch. His body has also been taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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