Carroll County man dies in flooded creek Saturday

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By Kristin Beck

A Carroll County man died Saturday night in a creek near his home on Gilgal Road.

Arnold Ray Smith Jr., 48, of 1426 Gilgal Road in Turners Station was at a friend’s house, located at 1453 Gilgal Road, and left between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on a four-wheeler, Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn said. The friend’s driveway has a bridge that crosses a creek. When the friend went to check his mail Sunday morning, he found Smith submerged in the water, Arterburn said.

KSP received a call on the incident at 8:51 a.m. Sunday.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office scheduled an autopsy for Monday.

Det. Mickey Gonterman is leading the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Carroll County EMS and the Carroll County Coroner’s Office.

Kentucky Emergency Management has reported five drowning victims in three separate incidents involving floodwaters across the state, according to their website.

Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving a vehicle trapped in floodwaters in Rolling Fork River near New Hope, Ky. A vehicle allegedly drove into the water with five people inside; two escaped and three were trapped inside, according to Kentucky Emergency Management.

The victims’ bodies were recovered, but have not yet been identified. The two survivors were taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital and treated for hypothermia, according to Kentucky Emergency Management.

In Ballard County, an abandoned vehicle was found in a flooded ditch and a victim’s body was recovered shortly thereafter. 


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