CNN) — Michigan authorities have charged a motorist with homicide after a multi-vehicle crash that left two people dead on Parkside Drive near Macomb County, east of Detroit.
A fire hydrant and a house were also destroyed during the Thursday afternoon crash.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says at least six cars and one minivan were involved in the crash in Sterling Heights. Officials say multiple people suffered critical injuries.
A long line of rescuers stood on the hillside on Parkside Drive before firefighters could get to the scene, while at least one SUV’ was blown up in the crash.
The driver of a minivan, who survived, could be seen looking dazed and crying for help as firefighters worked to clear a path for their own equipment.
Rescuers entered a home on Parkgate Drive after the fire hydrant toppled on the roof.
The fire hydrant is a part of the Homework Club for children, where counselors were there to help the children and parents.
Parkside Drive is expected to remain closed for several days as police clean up the scene.
A black Mercedes was crushed in a tree, and the back of a large silver SUV was crushed up against the garage.
This is the second deadly crash in the area in recent months.
A 30-year-old man died earlier this year after a car slammed into the tree. He was one of three men whose vehicles went off the roadway on Parkgate Drive.
Michigan State Police tell CNN that five people were hospitalized in Thursday’s crash and are listed in critical condition.
We will update this story as new information becomes available.