updated 4/19/2009 4:01:03 PM ET 2009-04-19T20:01:03

An Arkansas sheriff said three children drowned after the car they were in went into a lake.

Conway County Sheriff Mike Smith said the children's mother was driving the car when it went into Brewer Lake near Morrilton just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Smith said the children were ages 2, 7 and 8.

Arkansas State Police investigators and sheriff's deputies have questioned the 26-year-old mother. She had not been arrested or charged as of Sunday afternoon and Smith said deputies want to verify her account of what happened.

Morrilton is about 35 miles west of Little Rock. A series of strong thunderstorms and fog rolled through the area around the time of the crash.

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