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Twin boys, sister struck & killed by pickup truck while boarding school bus: Police

Three young siblings died and a fourth child was injured Tuesday morning when a pickup truck mowed them down as they boarded a school bus, according to police.

WSBT identified the deceased children as 6-year-olds Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their sister, Alivia Stahl, 9. An 11-year-old child injured in the 7 a.m. wreck suffered multiple broken bones and was airlifted to a nearby hospital to undergo surgery. WTTB reported that no children were on the bus at the time.

All four children attended Mentone Elementary School. The 11-year-old isn’t related to the three deceased siblings.

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The news station reported that a pickup driven by Alyssa Shepherd, 24, struck the children while they stood at the Tippecanoe Valley bus stop near State Road 25. Police told ABC News that the children were crossing a two-lane road to get to their school bus in the north lane when they were struck by the pickup, which was traveling south at the time.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Tony Slocum said the bus had its emergency lights on and stop-arm out when the children were hit. He said Shepherd stayed at the scene and has submitted to a blood test which will determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal crash.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.

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[Featured Image: WSBT 22 via AP]