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US: Siblings, aged 8 and 5, die after drunk driver crashes into birthday party in Michigan; 15 injured

Michigan: In a sudden turn of horrific events, an 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother died and 15 other people were injured, some of them seriously, when a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into a young child’s birthday . party on Saturday at a boat club. A 66-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence crashed her vehicle at a children’s birthday party at the boat club about 30 miles south of Detroit, according to Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough.

A video of the moment the car crashed into the building was shared widely on social media. You could see the vehicle move like a flash before it drove through the party, leaving clouds of dust in its wake.

The siblings died at the scene of the crash, Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said. The woman drove into the building of the Swan Boat Club, about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) south of Detroit, around 3 p.m., The Associated Press reported.

Goodnough said the woman was taken into custody and was being held at the Monro County Jail. However, he did not reveal his identity. The sheriff added that she was cooperating with authorities and is expected to face additional charges as the investigation into the case continues.

He said authorities had been notified that the woman may have been at a nearby inn before the incident occurred. Goodnough added that authorities have closed the establishment and plan to execute a search warrant as part of the investigation.

The crash scene was described by first responders as “extremely chaotic” with a “high level of emotion” from people “directly involved and those who witnessed this horrific incident,” Goodnough said.

Goodnough said three children and six adults were taken to area hospitals by two helicopters or ambulances with life-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, others were given first aid at the scene, while some were driven to hospitals in private vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Swan Boat Club urged the public in a Facebook post not to attend the site to allow “emergency vehicles” through. It was also said that the club would be closed until further notice. “Please keep everyone included in your thoughts and prayers. We thank everyone for their concerns and prayers,” the statement said.

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