Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Girl Scouts, adult killed when truck hits troop in Wisconsin

Girl Scouts, adult killed when truck hits troop in Wisconsin

Sergeant Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered off the road and careened into the group, killing three girls and a woman.

According to the school district, the girls were students from two elementary schools, Halmstad Elementary and Southview Elementary. She says Girl Scouts everywhere stand with "our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

An adult was also killed and a fourth girl has been critically injured, police said in the USA state of Wisconsin on Saturday.

The primary school aged children were bagging litter in a ditch on the side of a country road in the small town of Lake Hallie, 150km east of Minneapolis, when tragedy struck on Saturday morning.

Eliopoulos also said the district's crisis teams convened yesterday to prepare for the school day tomorrow. "We will be providing ongoing support for both students (and) families and staff for as long as needed". Other members of the troop were picking up trash from the opposite shoulder as part of a recurring service project.

Sokup said the crash happened before a hill and there were no blind spots. A phone number for Treu could not immediately be found, and it was unclear if he has an attorney.

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"The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved", police said in a statement.

Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, allegedly left the scene, but later surrendered to authorities and was arrested, WAOW reported.

The names of the deceased have not been released at the time of this post.

Cecily Spallees, a personal care attendant at a group home near the crash site, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that drivers regularly speed on that stretch of road, which quickly changes from a 55-mph to a 35-mph zone.

A candlelight vigil was held for the victims at Halmstead Elementary School, where two of the deceased girls attended, on Sunday night. The Lake Hallie Police Department had originally shared a Facebook message describing Treu's vehicle and asking for community assistance.

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