Two children dead after suspected drunk driver crashes at birthday party

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Two children dead after suspected drunk driver crashes at birthday party

Two children died and 15 other people were injured after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a birthday party at a yacht club in the United States.

The two children died on site in the canton of Berlin, MichiganOn Saturday, there was a 5-year-old brother and an 8-year-old sister.

Several people were seriously injured, according to Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough.

“The scene was described by first responders as extremely chaotic, with high levels of emotion among those directly involved and those who witnessed this horrific incident,” he said.

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Three children and six adults were taken to hospital by helicopter or ambulance, some seriously injured.

Other injured people received first aid on the spot and some of them were transported to hospitals by private vehicles.

The sheriff said a 66-year-old woman was driving the vehicle when it crashed and traveled 25 feet into the building.

Authorities respond to the Swan Creek Boat Club after a driver crashed a vehicle through a building where a children's birthday party was being held, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Berlin Township, Michigan (Kathleen Kildee/ Detroit News via PA)
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The incident happened around 3 p.m. at the Swan Creek Boat Club in Berlin Township, 30 miles south of Detroit.

The club released a statement saying: “There was a terrible accident at Swan today with numerous injuries and extensive damage to the clubhouse.

“Please keep everyone and families present in your prayers. For this reason, Swan will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, April 21.”

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He did not name the woman who was driving the vehicle, but said she was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death.

A University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight responds to the Swan Creek Boat Club after a driver crashed a vehicle through a building where a children's birthday party was being held, Saturday, April 20, 2024 , in Berlin Township, Michigan.  (Kathleen Kildee/Detroit News via AP)
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She is cooperating with authorities, he said, and will likely face more charges as the investigation progresses.

She is being held at the Monroe County Jail.

Authorities were informed that the woman may have been at a nearby tavern before the incident, Sheriff Goodnough said, adding that they had closed it down and planned to search it as part of the investigation.

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