Family pulled from creek

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MCCRAKEN COUNTY, Kentucky (WPSD) – A grandmother and her granddaughter are in the hospital after flipping their car into a creek.

Forty six-year-old Brenda Kaufman and her six-year-old granddaughter Kendra Kaufman are in critical, but stable condition at Vanderbilt Hospital.

The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in McCracken County, Kentucky.

Brenda and Kendra Kaufman were heading west-bound on Lovelaceville Road when Brenda’s car collided head-on with a concrete culvert, flipping her car into a creek.

Deputies tell me it was bravery and technology that helped rescue them. Immediately after an OnStar emergency call, Sergeant Michael Wray and other deputies began a search for the over-turned vehicle.

When they arrived, Wray said, without thinking twice, he and other responders headed into this creek.

“As soon as we stepped off over there where the rocks is, I was up to about my chest and at that point, we figured out that we needed to get inside the vehicle quickly,” said Wray.

With not much time, Wray said he had to act fast.

“I managed to get her legs freed up. We ended up cutting off her seat belt and ended up pulling her out,” said Wray.

Wray said it was impossible to see the overturned car in the creek from the road.

“Without OnStar, I don’t know how long if they would have made it. We got there just in time to keep her head out of the water, otherwise we might have had a different outcome.”

Wray said he hopes for the best.

“They’re still in critical, but stable condition in Vanderbilt Hospital . I’m hoping, hoping, praying.”

Family members were at the scene searching the creek for missing items Monday. One family member told Local 6 both of Brenda’s ankles, wrists and elbows are broken. Kendra has spinal injuries and a deep cut on her head.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Lone Oak Fire Department, McCracken County Department of Emergency Services and Mercy Regional Ambulance Service.


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