Child dead, 6 hurt in crash that closed I-475 - WNEM TV 5

Child dead, 6 hurt in crash that closed I-475

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Source:  Grand Blanc Academy Source: Grand Blanc Academy
Source:  Grand Blanc Academy Source: Grand Blanc Academy
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Several children remain in the hospital after a deadly crash on Halloween night. 

The accident happened Monday, Oct. 31 about 7:45 p.m. and caused the northbound and southbound lanes of I-475 to close for several hours between Exit 2 and Exit 4. The highway has since reopened.

An 18-year-old female was driving the 2002 Buick Rendezvous when witnesses said she appeared to lose control of the SUV. It veered off the road into a median and rolled multiple times. 

Six children were passengers in the vehicle. Three of the children were thrown from the SUV when it rolled, police said.

The driver said they were on their way to go trick-or-treating. She is in stable condition. 

A 12-year-old girl from Flint died at the scene.

A 9-month-old boy is in extremely critical condition. Police won't comment on whether the boy was in a child seat. 

Two others, including a 16-year-old girl, are in critical condition. They were all taken to Hurley Medical Center.

Police said the driver and all of the children were related in some way. Their names have not been released at this time. 

Patty Wood, principal of Grand Blanc Academy, confirmed the 12-year-old girl killed in the crash was a seventh grader at the school. Wood said the girl was an honor roll student multiple times and was the leader of the school's cheerleading squad. 

School officials are encouraging students to write letters to the girl to be placed in a balloon launch. There was also a moment of silence and grief counselors were on site. 

"It's a very big hole that has been left so we're filling the gaps with grief counselors and our dean of students has a counseling background. So we've just been spending time with the students after we shared the news," Wood said.

She said the students are struggling to process the difficult news that their friend is gone.

"They're expressing that it doesn't seem real. They ask why, what can they do," Wood said.

TV5 will continue to update once more information is available.

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