UPDATE: Crews Install Barriers Around Eagle Creek


Update: Crews were at the scene on Friday, installing large concrete barriers and guard rail around the area where a family of five drove their car off the road and into a creek.

The six barriers are each 10 feet long and weighs over a ton, says KDOT spokesperson Nancy Wood. They will be anchored to the pavement and a 90-foot guard rail will be bolted to them.

Wood said a guard rail was in place, but crews noticed a few weeks ago that it was missing and were in the process of replacing it. She said it's unclear, however, if the rail was knocked over by the Johnson family.

Meanwhile, a makeshift memorial of stuffed animals and flowers has been set up on the site.

Update: The part of State route 467 in Gallatin County Kentucky that proved deadly for a local family of five will soon be safer.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation says it will install concrete barriers over Eagle Creek in hopes of preventing another tragedy.


Services for the family found dead in their car last week will be Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton.  Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. that afternoon at the Tandy Eckler Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton.


The bodies have been identified as Glenn and Kendra Johnson and their three children, Sevin, Mekenzie and Mya.

According to a missing persons report, the last time anyone saw the Johnson family was Dec. 27. Thursday afternoon, a train spotted their car in Eagle Creek with only a tailpipe was visible above the surface.

"You can't train for that. We're all professional but we're human."

For the last two years the Johnsons were living with Ron Spencer in Hamilton.

"Great people great loved kids to death, nice people," said Spencer.

Spencer says they were down on their luck and he let them move in and they ended up staying. Spencer says Kendra Johnson was about six months pregnant with the couple's fourth child.

Spencer says they were headed to dinner down near Sparta on the night of the 27th and that was the last he heard from them.

"She said talk to you tonight because we always did.. Never heard from them anymore," he said.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's office says they got a call a couple of days ago about a car in the water right here but when a deputy came to check it out the sheriff says the water was too high and too murky to see anything.

Kentucky state police say the family drowned in their car after it veered off of 467 for an unknown reason and ended up in Eagle Creek.

"Great people loved their family. Can't say anything bad about them," said Spencer.

FOX19.com: Corey McConnell

Update: 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18:

Police are investigating whether or not the five people found in a creek in Gallatin County are a missing Hamilton family.

The family has been missing since just after Christmas. The children's grandmother, who lives in Gallatin County, filed a missing persons report on Jan. 10.

"We are still treating this as a missing persons case, but we have been in contact with authorities in Kentucky in regards to this," Hamilton police spokesman Dave Crawford said.

Gallatin County acting Coroner Denny French said the car had an Indiana tag, but declined to comment further.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Previously: Police pulled five bodies from a car found Thursday afternoon in rural Gallatin County.

Two adults and three children were found inside the car which was submerged in Eagle Creek off Kentucky 467 between Glencoe and Sparta, Kentucky. Kentucky State Police trooper Chip Perry says the car was found near a sharp curve on the narrow, rural road.

A passing train spotted the car around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and it's unclear how long the bodies had been there. Officers used the jaws of life to open the car, then towed the car to Glencoe towing.

The bodies have not been identified.  No foul play is suspected. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday.

Kentucky State Police is investigating with the help of the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Gallatin County Coroner, and Gallatin County Emergency Services.

More details as they become available.

FOX19.com Staff with information from The Associated Press