Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Girl shielded her brothers as pickup fatally struck them at bus stop

Girl shielded her brothers as pickup fatally struck them at bus stop

Police say it's too early to tell if she was speeding. The school bus driver and a witness also gave statements to authorities, which were relayed in court.

Kentucky law requires drivers to stop for any school bus "stopped upon a highway for the goal of receiving or discharging passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated", regardless of direction.

A northern IN school district says it's relocating a bus stop after a pickup truck hit four students boarding a bus, killing three of the children and badly injuring the fourth.

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 in Rochester, Indiana, US on Tuesday morning.

Another boy, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, was seriously injured in the crash.

Alyssa L. Shepherd, of Rochester, was arrested at her workplace.

Following Tuesday's hearing, an arrest warrant was issued for Shepherd, who was charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury.

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A Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus had stopped and lowered its stop arm around 7 a.m. on the road near Rochester just before a northbound pickup truck slammed into the children as they crossed the southbound lane, Indiana State Police Sgt.

Alyssa Shepherd told police officers that she saw the flashing lights but didn't recognize the vehicle as a school bus so didn't think she had to stop.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the crash. He said when he stops to let students on or off the bus, other drivers don't always stop. So far, he's undergone three surgeries, his mother said, and has a long recovery ahead.

New details have been released regarding the 24-year-old driver who police say struck four children Tuesday, killing three siblings. The family says it saved her life. "We also had counselors and clergy available for anyone who desired additional support and we will continue to provide counselors as needed", the statement read.

Shepherd was being held in the Fulton County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

"This was a very bad day for the state of Indiana", Inspector Sergeant Tony Slocum said.

Emergency personnel respond to a scene of a collision that killed three children crossing the road as they were boarding their school bus north of Rochester, Ind., Oct. 30, 2018.

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