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At Funeral for 4 Children, Family Gets Grim News

'The fifth child was reunited with the other four'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2020 5:50 PM CDT
At Funeral for 4 Children, Family Gets Grim News
In this image made from video provided by WKYT-Lexington, Ky., authorities gather in an area in Bath County, Ky., Thursday, April 30, 2020, after a horse and buggy carrying an Amish family was swept away Wednesday.   (WKYT-Lexington, Ky., via AP)

As the Hochstetler family held a funeral service Saturday for four children who died in a buggy accident three days earlier, Kentucky officials entered with grim news: The body of a fifth child had been found. "It was difficult for everybody, but there was also a sigh of relief knowing they could all be together. Mixed emotions. They were grieving,” coroner Andrew Owens tells the New York Times. "The fifth child was reunited with the other four," he said. "And they were all buried together." He says the parents, who have six other children, were seated near the caskets, surrounded by members of the Amish community, when officials arrived. Authorities say the five siblings and their mother were in a buggy that tipped over Wednesday when their horse lost its footing while crossing a low-water bridge over a creek swollen by heavy rain, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. (More Amish stories.)

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