Crash at IN school bus stop kills three children

WLSThree children were struck and killed and another seriously injured at a school bus stop in Fort Wayne Ind. Oct. 30. 2018

Four children were in the process of crossing the road to board the bus when they were struck by a pickup truck.

A fourth child who is 11 years old was seriously injured and has been airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

A Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus stopped and lowered its stop-arm on the road near Rochester around 7 a.m., just before a northbound pickup truck slammed into the children as they crossed the southbound lane, Indiana State Police Sgt.

The children killed were 6-year-old twin boys and a 9-year-old girl.

Xzavier, Mason and Alivia attended Mentone Elementary School. They have been identified six-year-old Xzavier and Mason Ingle and nine-year-old Alivia Stahl.

Police told WNDU the stop-arm was out at the time of the crash, and the vehicle that hit the children was headed in the opposite direction.

Shepherd, who had remained at the scene following the incident, was being held on a $15,000 bond.




He says the family previously reached out to school officials to say it's not safe for kids to cross the highway, especially at the time of the morning when it's still dark.

Three children died at the scene. There's nothing they could do to stop it from happening. "She chose to shield her brothers with that split second".

The boy was conscious and speaking to emergency workers before he was airlifted to the hospital, Slocum said. Police say it's too early to tell if she was speeding.

"It's an unspeakable tragedy", he said. "It's all our responsibilities to make sure our young people get to school safely, and return safely".

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the crash.

'We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents.

The news caught the attention of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who expressed his condolences in a tweet.

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