An adult passenger told police the driver – the father of four of the victims – was distracted by a phone call that he answered, Houston Police John Cannon told CNN. The Lincoln Towncar down an embankment and into the Green Swamp, he said.
The accident happened when Houston experienced massive flooding.
The driver was not immediately identified, was out of the car. The adult passenger, said that custody was the brother of the driver also escaped and rescued a girl of 10 years of age of the vehicle, Cannon said. Watch video of rescue workers searching for bodies
The five children died in the crash were identified as two girls, ages 1 and 3, and three boys, ages 4, 6 and 7.
The Cannon said the driver a field sobriety test and was taken to ensure the location for a mandatory blood sample. The criminal prosecution may be brought against the driver, depending on the outcome of the blood.
The car was found in 9 ½ yards from the water after a search of two hours. The police said that the current in the waterway was so fast that divers could only touch the car, but can not open the doors.
The agency used the Saturday night of flashlights to comb the ground near the swamp, Cannon said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“There really say what you will discover the bodies, even if we do,” said Cannon, according to the newspaper.