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4 dead after SUV drives off boat ramp into the Coosa River

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Four people are dead and one person is missing after an SUV drove off a boat ramp and into the Coosa River, according to the Cherokee County coroner. 

Dr. Jeremy Deaton said the accident happened right around 7 p.m. Tuesday at Leesburg Landing. An SUV carrying seven people drove off a boat ramp on Riverside Street and landed in the Coosa River.

Two people were rescued from the water and taken to a local hospital according to Deaton. They were treated for minor injuries and released. Search and rescue efforts were set up to search for the remaining occupants of the SUV.

The cold temperatures and rough current made it difficult for crews to search the Coosa River. Alabama Power had to shut down the power house to assist with the search.

By midnight, four bodies were pulled from the river. According to the county coroner, the victims are Robert Hardin, Christy Hobson, Dale Stephen Kenner, all of Jefferson County, and Cheryl Hobson, of Leesburg.

Crews are expected to be on the water Wednesday morning to continue their search for Bobby Shore, who is believed to be dead according to authorities. 

WVTM 13 News is on the scene and will have more information when it's made available. 

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