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Vehicle crashes at birthday party near Detroit, killing two

Associated press

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A young brother and sister were killed and several people were injured, some of them seriously, when a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into a young child’s birthday party at a boat club Saturday, a sheriff said from Michigan.

An 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother died at the scene in the crash, when a 66-year-old woman plunged 23 feet into the building at the Swan Creek Boat Club in Berlin Municipality around 3 p.m. About 30 miles south of Detroit, Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said.

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

Three children and six adults were taken by two helicopters or ambulances to area hospitals, some with life-threatening injuries, he said. Others were injured and given first aid on the spot, and some of them were taken to hospitals in private vehicles.

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Goodnough did not identify the woman driving the vehicle but said she was taken into custody at the Monroe County Jail on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death.

She was cooperating with authorities, he said, and would likely face more charges as the investigation continues.