Crash at IN school bus stop kills three children

WLSThree children were struck and killed and another seriously injured at a school bus stop in Fort Wayne Ind. Oct. 30. 2018

Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she allegedly disregarded a school bus's stop sign and drove into four children attempting to board a school bus that morning, according to Indiana State police.

Slocum said three of the children died at the scene and the fourth was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.

The injured child was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital by helicopter. Police said he suffered broken bones but was conscious.

Officials say Reid activated the stop arm and exterior lighting of the bus in order to pick up children along the westside of the roadway.

Shepard was driving the pickup truck in the opposite direction when it struck the students.

Shepherd, who had remained at the scene following the incident, was being held on a $15,000 bond. The bus had stopped with its arm deployed.

The great-aunt of the three siblings who were killed, Pamela Pugh, told the South Bend Tribune that she was stunned and shaken by their deaths. Tony Slocum confirmed to CNN.

This was in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation area.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. said in a statement posted on Facebook that counselors had been dispatched to its schools to help students, staff and parents and urged "the community to come together to pray for the families". "We saw tears today and our hearts just go out to them because most of us have children and we can't imagine the pain that he felt today". I ask Hoosiers around the state to join us by sending your deepest prayers for the strength needed to endure such a time, ' he said.

"I walked up to one of tenants in the trailer park. Three - I'm not going to say her name - three of her kids were killed instantly", the neighbor said.

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