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Police: Driver exceeded 70 mph on Detroit street before hitting 6 people, killing 2 children

  • Detroit Police officers check out the damage to a car involved in a police chase on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Detroit.  A driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult, police said. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Detroit Police officers check out the damage to a car involved in a police chase on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Detroit. A driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult, police said. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks with reporters following a police chase on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Detroit.  A driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult, police said. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks with reporters following a police chase on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Detroit. A driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult, police said. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Detroit. Craig discussed an incident from Wednesday evening where a driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Detroit. Craig discussed an incident from Wednesday evening where a driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Detroit police say a driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street while fleeing officers before striking and killing two children and injuring three other children and an adult.

Police Chief James Craig says the chase Wednesday evening on the city's east side lasted about 75 seconds. He says police began chasing a car with a firearms suspect inside but backed off. Craig says the car then struck the children and an adult a few blocks away.

Craig says the six were taken to St. John Hospital, where two of the children were declared dead.

Craig says police arrested two people from the car, including one who had a handgun. One had injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking updated information from police.