3 children hurt in suspected drunk-driving crash

ONEIDA, Wis. (WBAY) - The sheriff's office corrected the age of one of the crash victims.

Emergency vehicles on the scene of a crash at highways C and EE in the Town of Oneida. Three young girls were hurt. (WBAY photo)

Three children riding with a suspected drunken driver were hurt in a crash in the Town of Oneida Monday evening. Two of the children were airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries. They were still in the hospital Tuesday.

Authorities say just after 7 p.m., a Suburban going east on County Highway EE ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck going north on County C.

We're told the Suburban was going so fast, the impact knocked both vehicles off the roadway and into the parking lot of Krabbe's Kountry Klub at the corner.

"The collision caused the vehicles to enter into the parking lot -- through the ditch and into the parking lot," Sheriff's Lt. Ryan Carpenter said.

Three girls -- ages 3, 4, and 6 -- were hurt. The 4-year-old and 6-year-old were taken by helicopter. Their injuries are considered serious. Both girls remain in the hospital.

The 3-year-old was not transported to a hospital. Her injuries were minor, and she was treated at the scene.

The 39-year-old Green Bay man driving the Suburban was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated. Outagamie County Sheriff Lt. Ryan Carpenter says the driver is the father of two of the girls and a guardian of the third girl. He is expected to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon and is being held in the Outagamie County Jail.

The pickup truck driver was identified as a 58-year-old man from Dale.

The drivers weren't hurt.

Names have not been made public.

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