3 siblings struck, killed by truck at bus stop in Indiana

A 9-year-old girl in IN died Tuesday morning trying to shield her younger brothers from an oncoming auto.

Three children died, and one child was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

Six-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, died at the scene, he said.

'They were standing on the west side of the road getting onto the bus, which did have a stop arm activated as required by law and unfortunately, for whatever reason, the person failed to stop and caused three fatalities and at least one injury at this time, ' he said to NBC. Police say he was conscious at the hospital and is not related to the other children who were hit.

"If you're following a school bus you have to anticipate it's gonna stop", said State Police Sgt.

Shepard was driving the pickup truck in the opposite direction when it struck the students.

Xzavier, Mason and Alivia attended Mentone Elementary School.

She remained at the scene of the accident, but police said Shepherd was arrested at her workplace later Tuesday.

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"I haven't seen first responders and troopers cry in a long time", Slocum, a sergeant with the Indiana State Police, told ABC7.

"The father had to come out and identify his children, it was excruciating", he added. Court documents say Alyssa Shepherd got out of jail Tuesday evening after posting a $15,000 bond on reckless homicide charges. Tony Slocum of the Indiana State Police said, according to NBC in Chicago.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the Ingle family.

Ingle said there were days Alivia acted more like a mother to her brothers than a big sister, which is why he says it's no surprise that she tried to shield them before they were hit.

The twin boys had a tendency to be a little shy, Ingle said.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to IN to help investigate the crash, the agency said.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. said in a statement posted on Facebook that counselors had been dispatched to its schools to help students, staff and parents.

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