Three Indiana children killed boarding school bus
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 01, 2018,
Nov 01, 2018, 2:59
"How do you tell your little brother it'll get better?"
"How do you decide which child to run to when all of your kids are laid out on the highway?" he asked. But as the kids attempted to cross the street, they were struck by Shepherd's 2017 Toyota Tacoma, according to police.
The children killed were heading to Mentone Elementary School, while the 11-year-old was going to Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, state police said.
The accident happened shortly after 7:15 a.m. today, October 30, on SR 25, in Talma.
Police arrested the truck's driver, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, Tuesday afternoon at her place of employment, according to local outlet WSBT TV. The witness told police that she slowed down for the bus, but Shepherd did not.
Alivia Stahl, 9, and twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, 6.
"It's an unspeakable tragedy", said Sgt Tony Slocum. He suffered multiple broken bones and other injuries.
"We don't see first responders shed tears at crash scenes very often, but there were tears shed today", Slocum said.
"The father had to come out and identify his children, it was excruciating", he added. It was heartbreaking It's still heartbreaking'. "We all have a responsibility to share the roadway and we're all responsible for making sure our children get to and from school safely". Motorists are required to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off kids, by law. This is the exact reason why.
"Our hearts just break for the families involved here in this tragic situation, and our prayers obviously go out to them", Sgt. The bus had the stop arm down at the time, but the pickup truck who hit the four children failed to stop. She said she dropped off her husband at work prior to the crash.
The bus was heading northbound and the truck was heading southbound.
They said it was unclear if she would face charges in connection with the deaths.
The bus driver has been named as Robert Reid.
The fourth child, the one injured, was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.
Counselors have been made available to staff, students and parents in the school district, officials said.
She remained at the scene of the accident, but police said Shepherd was arrested at her workplace later Tuesday.