Three children, believed to be all from the same family, were struck and killed at a school bus stop in Indiana Tuesday morning, police said.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. in Fulton County near 4600 N. State Road 25, according to 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.
There were no children on the schools bus at the time of the crash. One other injury was also reported and that child was airlifted to Fort Wayne Hospital. Their condition were not immediately known.
Police said they believe the children killed were all from the same family.
"Obviously that compounds this situation even more," said Sgt. Tony Slocum with the Indiana State Police's Peru District. "I just can't imagine the pain that family is going through. The one thing I'd like to tell people – we all have a responsibility to share the road in a safe manner. I don't know why this crash – why this person did not see the stop arm extended but we all need to pay a little more attention because it's all our responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely."
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation said all four children struck were students.
"Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning," the group said in a statement. "We have learned of three student fatalities and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit by a vehicle while boarding their bus. We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents. We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff."
One witness said her grandchildren were supposed to be at the bus stop as well but a last-minute change of plans kept them from being at the scene.
"I knew something bad happened," she said.
Police are interviewing the woman who was driving the pickup, according to the Associated Press. The accident happened near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis.
Check back for more on this developing story.