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3 Children Fatally Struck, Another Injured In Crash At School Bus Stop In Indiana

October 30, 2018 - 9:19 am

ROCHESTER, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Three children were fatally struck by a vehicle and a fourth was seriously injured Tuesday morning while crossing the street to board a school bus in northwest Indiana.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. at the bus stop near the 4600 block of North State Road 25, north of Rochester in Fulton County, Indiana, according to a statement issued shortly before 8 a.m. by Indiana State Police.

Authorities said the children were at the bus stop on the west side of the road and the stop-arm on the bus was out when a pickup truck hit and killed the kids.

"The bus arrived on scene traveling north bound, extended the stop arm and had all its lighting activated. The children were then invited to cross the road and unfortunately a south bound Toyota Tacoma ended up striking the four children, killing three of them," said Indiana State Police Sergeant Tony Slocum.

Three children, all from the same family, were struck and killed by a pickup truck. Another student, not related to the others, was seriously injured in the crash, according to a statement from the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. That student was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he/she's condition was not immediately know.  

Counselors have been made available to staff, students and parents in the school district, officials said.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Tony Slocum confirmed that the three children killed were related. 

"The father confirmed that the three were his children," he said at a press conference. "I just can't imagine that pain. I haven't seen troopers cry in a long time, but I saw that today. Our heart just breaks for him and his family."

As of 9 a.m., C.R. 25 remains closed between C.R. 400 and 500 N.

Police are interviewing the driver of the truck. 

Further details were not immediately available as state police investigated.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.