June 18, 2019 / 12:40 PM / a month ago

At least two killed after woman crashes car into Michigan river with her children inside

(Reuters) - A woman deliberately crashed her vehicle into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River with her two children inside, killing at least two people, local police said on Tuesday.

Kalamazoo police said they had launched a search for victims late on Monday after receiving a tip from two young females that a family member had driven her vehicle into the river.

“Within a few minutes of being in the water, officers located a submerged vehicle. A few minutes later, two victims were located,” the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said in a statement on Tuesday.

Police said they were continuing to search for a third victim. They have not released the identities of the dead or missing.

The crash comes a year after a family of eight perished in California, when a mother drove her car, with her partner and six children as passengers, off a cliff. That family’s death was ruled a murder-suicide and the remains of one of the children have never been found.

Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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