Four Dead, Two Missing After Family’s Car Plunges Off Bridge
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) _ A car plunged off a flooded bridge, killing four members of a family and leaving two others missing, officials said.
Divers resumed searching this morning for Chris Wiesner Jr., 5, and his brother, Josh, 2, in Back Creek near Hedgesville. The search had been called off during the night because of heavy snow and strong current in the creek.
Rescuers decided to resume out of fear that the creek would swell even more when the snow begins to melt, police Cpl. Dennis Streets said.
The bodies of the boys’ parents, grandfather and stepbrother were recovered up to 2 miles downstream from the bridge.
The family was returning from a Christmas visit to relatives in Baltimore when the car fell off the bridge early Wednesday, said Preston Gooden, Berkeley County sheriff. The creek, swollen by recent rain and snow to twice its normal depth of 4 feet, is over the bridge’s surface.
A motorist noticed the car submerged in the creek Wednesday afternoon and called police. The driver’s window was open, suggesting the passengers may have climbed out, Gooden said.
Searchers found the body of the boys’ grandfather, Richard Wiesner, 62, late Thursday night. Earlier they found the bodies of the boys’ parents, Laurie Wiesner, 30, and Chris Wiesner Sr., 31, and their stepbrother, George Hall, 10.