ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — State Police say three children were struck and killed by a pickup truck in northern Indiana as they were about to board a school bus.
Sgt. Tony Slocum says four children were preparing to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus about 7 a.m. Tuesday when they were hit by the pickup truck on a two-lane road near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis.
Slocum says three of the children died at the scene and the fourth was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital. Their names and ages haven’t been released. Slocum didn’t say which school the children attend.
Police are interviewing the woman who was driving the pickup.
Slocum calls the accident a “terrible tragedy.”
Following the fatal incident, the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation released the following statement:
“Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning. We have learned of three student families and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit be a vehicle while boarding their bus.
We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents.
We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff.”
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