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5 Bodies Pulled From N.Y. Swollen Creek

June 17, 2003

COLESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) _ Investigators say heavy rain caused a car to plunge into a swollen creek, killing five people including a teenage baby sitter and two young boys.

``It appears to be weather-related and resulted in an absolutely terrible set of circumstances,″ Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Patrick Isenberg said.

Dozens of deputies, state police and volunteer firefighters searched Colesville Creek and part of the Susquehanna River about 15 miles east of Binghamton, finding the last two victims late Monday morning.

Authorities believe the car went off the road overnight Friday. The search began Saturday morning after police responded to a call of a car with its headlights on in the creek. The vehicle was empty when police searched it.

``This road is out in the middle of nowhere. Where they were going and why they were out are questions we haven’t answered,″ Harder said.

Investigators believe the car was traveling on a road next to the creek and ran into an area that had been washed out. Between 3 1/2 and 4 inches of rain fell Friday night during a three-hour span, causing flash flooding.

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