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On Tuesday, October 31, 2018, 7 a.m., a pick-up truck smashed into a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers killing all three upon impact at a bus stop.

The three siblings were crossing a northern Indiana road to get on their school bus. According to police, it was still dark outside, so the incident took place just before sunrise. As stated by the Chicago Tribune, there was also a fourth child struck.  However, it appears that this child airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries and remains in critical condition.

Reports claim that the incident took place when A Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus reached its destination. The bus made a complete stop around 7 a.m. on the road near Rochester. It lowered its stop arm, and seconds later a northbound pickup truck ran straight into the children as they walked across Southbound lane, to board the bus.

Nine-year-old, Alivia Ingle and her twin brothers Xavier and Mason never made it to the other side.  Alivia Stahl passed away at the scene. The three children attended Mentone Elementary School near Rochester.

Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, of Rochester, who was the pickup’s driver, was arrested. She was later indicted with three counts of reckless homicide.  Shepherd was also charged with one misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when arm signal device is stretched out, triggering bodily harm. At the Fulton County Jail,  Shepherd bond was held at $15,000.

The three siblings great-aunt, Pamela Pugh, expressed to the South Bend Tribune that she was shocked and traumatized by the entire incident. Pugh described the occurrence as making no sense and that she was not even able to vocalize in words what to say.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb gave a statement and expressed that he and his spouse, Janet, were grieving the demise of the children. He advised Indiana inhabitants to show their “deepest prayers for the strength.”

Maverik Lowe was the 11-year-old boy that was also involved in the crash.  He suffers from multiple broken bones. Reports detail that Lowe was in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital after the pickup truck crashed into him. He is currently undergoing surgery.

Lowe was also knowledgeable of the incident and talking to emergency workers before he was flown to the hospital.

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced on Twitter that it was transferring a team of investigators to the scene, The crew should be available Wednesday, October 31st.

Jomo Merritt

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