Family devastated after 3 children die walking to bus in IN

Nov 01, 2018, 03:03
Family devastated after 3 children die walking to bus in IN

"You don't cause that kind of damage to a pickup truck hitting children at regular speed", said Manuzak.

A school bus was at the stop with a flashing stop sign displayed when the fatal crash happened, police say, according to NBC Chicago.

'He didn't just lose one kid, he lost all of them, ' Elgin explained to WPTA.

Police in IN said the girl and her brothers died at the scene near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis.

"I haven't seen first responders and troopers cry in a long time", Slocum, a sergeant with the Indiana State Police, told ABC7.

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Official charges have been filed against the driver involved in the school bus accident that led to the death of three Mentone Elementary School students.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Tony Slocum said the tragedy had left even hardened emergency service workers in tears.

'When the children's father had to make identification of his children, that was just gut-wrenching. If found guilty, she could face up to 18 years in prison, reported ABC 57.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to IN to help investigate the crash, the agency said.

Police arrested 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd and charged her with reckless homicide and passing a school bus.

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A fourth child, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe - who was not related to the family - was airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones and other injuries, according to WNDU.

Four children were in the process of crossing the road to board the bus when they were struck by Shepherd's truck. Sgt. Slocum said it's not clear if that truck was speeding.

"The two boys were a life spark", Ingle told WRTV.

"Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning", it read, including a summary of the incident.

The fourth child, the one injured, was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.

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The Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. said in a statement posted on Facebook that counselors had been dispatched to its schools to help students, staff and parents.