A 12-year-old girl on her way home from celebrating her birthday with her family was killed after floodwaters swept her away and into a storm drain in Missouri.
Aaleya Carter was in a vehicle with three others on Saturday in St. Louis County when storms caused by flash flooding flooded I-70 as they drove, according to an incident report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
Cpl. Juston Wheetley of the MSHP told Fox affiliate KTVI that the car attempted a U-turn to avoid the flooded roadway, but was swept away in the process off of the roadway and into a concrete drain opening.
Wheetley said that the driver and two other children were able to safely exit the car, but when Aaleya did, she was caught in the current and swept into the drain, CBS affiliate KMOV reported. She was later found dead in Coldwater Creek.
“In my knowledge and years of experience, I’ve never seen a situation unfold this way,” Wheetley told the outlet. “It’s just a tragedy that a child has lost their life as a result.”
Aaleya’s grandmother Tanya Carter told KTVI that the child had turned 12 on Wednesday, and was celebrating on Saturday with her mother, brother and sister.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Rachel DeSantis