"I ask Hoosiers around the state to join us by sending your deepest prayers for the strength needed to endure such a time".
A woman has been charged after three young siblings were struck and killed as they tried to board a school bus. "They were holding hands every day on the way to the bus stop including today...it looks like Alivia stepped in front of the vehicle for the boys". The injured child is not related.
The students attended a school in the Tippecanoe Valley School District. Slocum told the outlet that the tragedy should serve as a wake-up call. They've been ID'd as two twin 6-year-old boys and their 9-year-old sister.
11-year-old Maverik Lowe was airlifted by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Ft. He was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.
ISP allege Shepherd didn't come to a stop on S.R. 25 when the bus was stopped, killing three children and leaving another in critical condition. Officials report that at last check, he was in surgery with multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
Court documents say Alyssa Shepherd got out of jail Tuesday evening after posting a $15,000 bond on reckless homicide charges.
Around 7:15 a.m., the four kids were waiting for a school bus in rural Rochester, Ind., when the bus rolled up, activated its stop arms and exterior lights and waited for the kids.
WNDU said the three children were members of the same family.
He told ABC News that the driver agreed to a blood test to see if drugs or alcohol were factors. "We're always complaining about it", he said, pointing to skid marks where another near accident occurred recently. "It's a very, very sad situation".
'When the children's father had to make identification of his children, that was just gut-wrenching.
Slocum provided several press conferences to media near the scene. "And they're my notes talking about school bus safety". The names and ages of the children haven't been released.