A preliminary investigation showed the yellow school bus was in the northbound lane of State Road 25 with its emergency lights flashing and its stop-sign arm out when the children were struck by the southbound truck, Slocum said. The rural Rochester residents were students at nearby Mentone Elementary School.
State Police say three children were struck and killed by a pickup truck in northern in as they were about to board a school bus.
The 24-year-old woman who was driving a 2017 Toyota Tacoma was on the scene when police arrived, officials said.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. local time.
Just last week, a 16-year-old Decatur High School student was hit when a vehicle drove around the school bus he was boarding.
The driver did stop, and police say alcohol does not believe to be a factor in the accident. Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police.
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Four total students were hit, according to Indiana State Police.
At first police said no children were on the bus at the time of the crash.
It wasn't immediately clear if the driver of the vehicle had stayed at the scene.
"Lowe attended Tippecanoe Valley Middle School".
"Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning". One child was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne. "We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents", the school wrote on Facebook.