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Report: 2 children dead; 3 others serious after being pulled from submerged car

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Two of the five children who were unresponsive when they were pulled from a car that went off a ramp and into a retention pond have died.

KARE 11 reports that family members have confirmed that 5-year-old Zenavia C. Rennie and 7-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido have died.

The conditions of the other three children, identified as 1-year-old Aliyana E. Rennie, 6-year-old Zarihana M. Rennie and 5-year-old Amani N. Coleman-Guerrido, are very serious, according a report from the Star Tribune.

An attorney for the family, Rick Petry, told the newspaper, "We will just have to wait and see."

The crash happened at the intersection Highway 7 and Highway 100 in St. Louis Park.

The children were taken to HCMC and to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

A St. Louis Park spokesman told MPR News that a woman and five children were in the vehicle at the time of the 6:10 a.m. incident, and that the woman got out, but the children were pulled from the pond later. The first child to be rescued was removed about 25 minutes after the car went in; the last child to be rescued was removed 45 minutes after the crash.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske told reporters that rescuers were unable to free the children from the vehicle until a tow truck pulled the vehicle out of the pond, WCCO reported.

Several passing motorists and a nearby resident had tried to assist in the rescue, Roeske said.

WCCO identified the driver as 23-year-old Marion Guerrido, of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The Star Tribune says she was the mother of all five children, ages 7 and under.

It was not immediately clear why the vehicle went off the ramp, and there was no evidence that surfaced immediately that suggests the driver intentionally drove off the road. The road was wet but not icy, State Patrol officials said. No alcohol was detected in the incident, investigators said.

The vehicle was described as a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, a four-door sedan. Police are investigating how all the children were seated in the car and whether they were wearing seat belts.

FOX 9 reported that the frigid water is about 8 to 10 feet deep. MPR News calls it a storm water pond.

The vehicle was fully submerged after it went in the water, KSTP reported.

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