ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) – A 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck board a school bus sunrise Tuesday, police said. A fourth child was critically injured.
A Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus had stopped and lowered its stop arm around 7 a.m. in the northbound lane on the road near Rochester, 40 miles south of South Bend. Tony Slocum said
Xzavier and Mason Ingle and her sister, Alivia Stahl, who died at the scene, he said. The rural Rochester residents were students at Mentone Elementary School.
Slocum said the pickup's driver, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, of Rochester, was arrested and charged with three counts of homicide homicide and one misdemeanor count device is extended, causing bodily injury. Shepherd was being held in the Fulton County Jail on a $ 1
Slocum said he was hit by the pickup. That child, Maverik Lowe, was in a critical condition at a Fort Wayne Hospital and was undergoing surgery.
Slocum said the students
"It's unspeakable in tragedy," he said.
The crash happened more than an hour before sunrise, when the sky was just starting to lighten in the east. Rochester is located at 8:15 am, about 45 minutes later than the Bay Area.
Detroit was interviewing witnesses and a crash reconstruction team at the scene near Rochester.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Twitter that it is sending a team of investigators to the scene.