Pregnant woman, son die after car swept away in heavy rains

  • Heavy rains passing through the Pittsburgh area opens up a massive sinkhole Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the intersection of McKnight Circle and McKnight Road in the North Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

  • A police car is parked near the site where flooding claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and her son whose car was swept away Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Boyertown, Pa. Douglass Township Police Chief John says the car was swept down the Manatawny Creek for about a half-mile on Thursday night, while the woman was on the phone with emergency officials. The call then dropped, and emergency workers found the car in a tributary nearly five hours later. The names of the woman and child have not been released. (Michael Yoder/Reading Eagle via AP)

  • Flooding claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and her son whose car was swept away near the Colebrook Railroad trestle crossing Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Boyertown, Pa. Douglass Township Police Chief John says the car was swept down the Manatawny Creek for about a half-mile on Thursday night, while the woman was on the phone with emergency officials. The call then dropped, and emergency workers found the car in a tributary nearly five hours later. The names of the woman and child have not been released. (Michael Yoder/Reading Eagle via AP)

  • Receding floodwaters of the Manatawny Creek in Boyertown, Pa., Friday, July 12, 2019, reveal the vehicle in which a pregnant woman and young son drowned Thursday after their car was swept from Grist Mill Road in Douglass Township. Emergency workers found the car in a tributary nearly five hours later. The bodies of woman and child were removed on stretchers Thursday, but the car remained in the creek Friday morning. The names of the woman and her son have not been released. (Bill Uhrich/Reading Eagle via AP)

BOYERTOWN, Pa. — A series of storms socked the Northeast with heavy rains and strong winds, causing the deaths of a boy and his pregnant mother whose car was swept away by floodwaters while she was on the phone with emergency officials.

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