Three young siblings were killed and another child was seriously injured when they were hit while boarding their school bus in Rochester Tuesday morning. Police identified the children killed as twin 6-year-old boys, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. "He activated the buses' stop arm and exterior lighting, as he was picking up children from the west side of the road", the news release said.
And now the uncle of those children is speaking out, saying the family previously told the school their bus pickup location is unsafe.
The driver has been identified 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd.
Shepherd was released from jail on a $15,000 bond Tuesday night.
The school bus was from the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.
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.
The road is expected to be closed for 2-4 hours while police reconstruct and investigate the scene. Police said he suffered broken bones but was conscious. It urged "the community to come together to pray for the families".
"Words can not express the depth of sorrow Janet and I feel, which only pales in comparison to what family, friends, teachers, classmates and community are feeling right now", Holcomb said. Today, and for many more to come, we mourn their loss. And I asked, 'What happened?' I turned my phone off right away because I didn't.I didn't want to videotape that.
"I just can't imagine the pain that family is going through", he said, according to NBC Chicago.
The neighbor believes speeding is a major issue on her stretch of IN 25. "She was holding their hand when they were hit and it looks like she tried to shield them a little bit".
They died at the scene. Her Toyota (pictured) was severely damaged in the crash.