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Two young siblings killed, several people injured when suspected drunk driver crashed a birthday party in Michigan, officials say


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A young brother and sister were killed and more than a dozen people were injured, many seriously, when a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into a birthday party at a boat club on Saturday, a Michigan sheriff said.

Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said an 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother died when a 66-year-old woman plunged 25 feet into the building at the Swan Creek Boat Club in Berlin Township around 3 p.m. about 30 miles south of Detroit.

“First aid was provided to approximately 15 victims, including adults and young children,” Goodnough said at a press conference on Saturday evening.

The two young siblings were pronounced dead at the scene, Goodnough said. Nine other people – six adults and three children – were transported by helicopter or ambulance to area hospitals with serious or life-threatening injuries, he added.

Several more people were taken to area hospitals in a private vehicle.

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

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It is unclear how many people were in the building at the time of the crash, Goodnough announced.

The sheriff did not identify the woman driving the vehicle but said she was taken into custody on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death.

“Additional criminal charges will likely be filed against the driver as the investigation continues,” Goodnough said.

He said she was cooperating with authorities.

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