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Two children killed when drunk driver crashes into birthday party – Crime online

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An 8-year-old Michigan girl and her 5-year-old brother were killed Saturday afternoon when a suspected drunk driver crashed into the building where a birthday party was taking place.

Three children and six adults were taken by ambulance or medical helicopter to area hospitals with serious injuries, Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said. Several more people were taken in private vehicles for treatment, The Monroe News reported.

Fifteen people were treated at the scene at the Swan Boat Club in Berlin Township, the sheriff said.

“The scene was described by first responders as ‘extremely chaotic’, with emotions high among those directly involved and those who witnessed this horrific incident,” Goodnough said.

The vehicle, driven by a 66-year-old woman, struck the north wall of the building and came to rest about 25 feet inside. The woman’s name was not released, but she was jailed on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. Goodnough said more charges are expected.

Surveillance footage showed the car driving through the parking lot at high speed just before the accident.

The driver was helpful at the scene, Goodnough added.

Goodnough and Frenchtown Township Fire Chief Wendy Stevens said investigators were unsure how many people were in the building at the time of the crash.

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(Featured image: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office via WXYZ)