Driver accused of killing 3 children, injuring 1 is facing homicide charges

Driver accused of killing 3 children, injuring 1 is facing homicide charges

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. Police said the "stop" arm on the bus was out at the time. She stayed home from school because she had a doctor's appointment.

He told ABC News that the driver agreed to a blood test to see if drugs or alcohol were factors. "All the prayers we can get, that's all you can ask for". They had been struck by a southbound 2017 Toyota Tacoma, which was driven by a 24-year-old female.

Xzavier Ingle, his twin brother, Mason Ingle, both 6, and their sister, Alivia Stahl, 9, all died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. The rural Rochester residents were students at nearby Mentone Elementary School.

The fourth victim an 11-year-old, identified as Maverik Lowe, was airlifted to Fort Wayne Hospital after suffering multiple broken bones and injuries.

"We would like to thank those who have prayed for our family and the families of those involved in yesterday's tragedy".

"This school has been warned, this has been an issue, we have said this before", the victim's uncle told WNDU.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Twitter that it was sending a team of investigators to the scene that should arrive Wednesday.

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

"It's disgusting that this happened", Ingle said.

The children's names have not been released.

"You're supposed to be able to go to your bus stop and be safe". Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police.

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The crash happened at 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of State Road 25 and CR 400 N, according to Indiana State Police.

"We don't see first responders shed tears at crash scenes very often, but there were tears shed today", Slocum said.

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