9-Year-Old Girl and 6-Year-Old Twin Brothers Killed in Crash at Indiana School Bus Stop

A 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a road to board a school bus in northern Indiana before sunrise Tuesday, police said. A fourth child was badly hurt and airlifted to a hospital.

“I just can’t imagine that pain,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told CBS affiliate WSBT-TV. “I haven’t seen troopers cry in a long time, but I saw that today.”

A Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus stopped and lowered its stop-arm on the road near Rochester around 7 a.m., just before a northbound pickup truck slammed into the children as they crossed the southbound lane, Slocum said. CBS affiliate WTTV reports no students were on the bus, according to the state police.

The siblings died at the scene, and an 11-year-old boy who was also struck suffered multiple broken bones but was conscious and speaking to emergency workers before he was airlifted to a hospital, Slocum said. The children’s names have not been released.

Slocum said the boy who survived was not related to the children who were killed. Slocum said authorities were interviewing the driver, but that it was unclear if she would face charges in the deaths.

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