9-Year-Old Indiana Girl Dies Shielding Twin Brothers From Oncoming Car

3 children fatally struck by vehicle while boarding school bus in Indiana

3 children fatally struck by vehicle while boarding school bus in Indiana

Three siblings from IN in the United States were fatally hit by a passing truck as they crossed the road to board their school bus on Tuesday morning.

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

The woman allegedly at the wheel of a pickup truck that struck and killed three young IN siblings told investigators she saw flashing emergency lights on the rural highway but didn't realize it was a school bus picking up the children until it was too late, according to authorities.

The children killed were 6-year-old twin boys and a 9-year-old girl. A fourth child was critically injured and airlifted to a hospital.

The driver of the vehicle that hit them, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide as well as a misdemeanor for passing a stopped school bus.

Around 7:15 a.m., the four kids were waiting for a school bus in rural Rochester, Ind., when the bus rolled up, activated its stop arms and exterior lights and waited for the kids.

And now the uncle of those children is speaking out, saying the family previously told the school their bus pickup location is unsafe.

"The one thing I'd like to tell people we all have a responsibility to share the road in a safe manner", Sgt. Slocum said, according to NBC. According to an ISP news release, Shepherd was taken into custody while at her place of employment when officers served her with a Fulton Superior Court arrest warrant. She posted bond on Tuesday night and is out of jail.

Slocum didn't say which school the children attend.

He said that the deaths happened in an area that had prompted complaints from parents because the students had to walk across a busy road.

'When the children's father had to make identification of his children, that was just gut-wrenching.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Xzavier, Mason and Alivia's family and Maverik and his family.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Tony Slocum said the tragedy had left even hardened emergency service workers in tears. The family says it saved her life.

Ingle describes his nephews as "shy at first" but brimming with energy.

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