Sgt. Tony Slocum, Indiana State Police public information officer, told reporters on Tuesday: “I just can’t imagine the pain that family is going through. The one thing I’d like to tell people—we all have a responsibility to share the road in a safe manner.”
Police said the bus stop arm was extended, but a pickup truck hit and killed the children.
“I don’t know why this crash—why this person did not see the stop arm extended but we all need to pay a little more attention because it’s all our responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely,” Slocum said. A spokesperson for Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation also confirmed the children were students in the district, NBC Chicago reported.
A short statement read: “Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning.
“We have learned of three student fatalities and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit by a vehicle while boarding their bus.”
It continued: “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.”
There were no other children on the school bus at the time of the crash, NBC Chicagio added. A fourth child was flown to the hospital with serious injuries on Tuesday, IndyStar reported.
ISP is investigating a fatal crash in Fulton County. Preliminary info is three children were struck & killed at a school bus stop near 4600 N State Road 25. @ISPPeru PIO Sgt. Tony Slocum is at the scene. Updated and confirmed info will be sent via news release later today.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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