He said that the deaths happened in an area that had prompted complaints from parents because the students had to walk across a busy road. Three siblings were killed: 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.
Officers who were investigating the crash did not speculate on what they believe was the cause, at least publicly. A fourth child was critically injured and airlifted to a hospital.
The victims' uncle, Elgin Ingle, appreciates the outpouring of support. They charged her with three counts of reckless homicide and one additional misdemeanor count for driving around a school bus that had its lights on and arm extended.
"What do you tell your little brother when he just lost three of his children to someone's negligence?" he said, according to WRTV.
The four kids were crossing the two-lane road to get on a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus about 7 a.m. when they were hit by the vehicle in Rochester, about 100 miles from Indianapolis.
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"This has been an issue before".
Three children who were from the same family died at the scene - twin six-year-old boys and their nine-year-old sister. "There's plenty of room for the school bus to pull in and pick up these kids".
The children's names have not been released.
The family of the dead children was left devastated by the loss. I am very appreciative of our teachers, administrators and staff that assisted, comforted, and supported our students and each other today in our schools. "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 driver stayed at the scene.
"I haven't seen first responders and troopers cry in a long time", Slocum, a sergeant with the Indiana State Police, told ABC7. She was released on a $15,000 bond, according to Jail Commander Catherine Collins, and is scheduled to make her first court appearance November 13.