UPDATE: 2 of 5 children pulled from icy pond have died

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- UPDATE: Authorities say two of five children who were trapped in a car submerged in an icy suburban Minneapolis pond have died.

The State Patrol says 5-year-old Zenavia Rennie died Thursday night. Family attorney Rick Petry says 7-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido also died Thursday night.

The driver, the mother of three of the children, made it out of the car unharmed after it sank in the St. Louis Park pond early Thursday.

Petry says the other children remain hospitalized in critical condition. The mother, Marion Guerrido, was not hospitalized.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says the first child was pulled from the water about 25 minutes after the car veered off a highway ramp and into the pond. The last child who was removed had been in the water for 45 minutes.

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Authorities say five children are being treated at Minneapolis-area hospitals after a car plunged off a highway ramp and into a holding pond.

The crash happened Thursday during the early-morning rush hour in St. Louis Park, a western Minneapolis suburb.

Highway Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske says he doesn't have updated conditions on the children.

City spokeswoman Jamie Zwilling said earlier Thursday the children were unresponsive when they were pulled from the car. Two of the children are 5 years old; the others are 1, 6 and 7.

Roeske says the 23-year-old woman driving the car is in stable condition. She got out on her own.

The accident happened shortly after 6 a.m. when roads were wet, but not icy.

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