IN: School Officials Respond to Bus Stop Deaths

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A community remains in mourning after a fatal accident that killed three children and critically injured a fourth at a bus stop in Northern Indiana.

Now school officials are reacting to the accident and are promising families to make some changes to improve child safety.

On Wednesday, Superintendent Blaine Conley of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation released the following statement:

“This has been a very difficult day for our school family as we attempt to cope with the devastating loss of three elementary students and a critically injured middle school student. I am very appreciative of our teachers, administrators and staff that assisted, comforted, and supported our students and each other today in our schools. We also had counselors and clergy available for anyone who desired additional support and we will continue to provide counselors as needed.
Effective November 1, 2018 Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation will relocate the bus stop on State Road 25 into the Meiser Park.
In addition, I am establishing a transportation safety review committee which will examine all of our bus stop locations to ensure our children are transported safely. I will co-chair this committee with Fulton County Sheriff Christopher Sailors and Kosciusko County Sheriff W.R. Goshert. Other committee members will include school transportation officials, bus drivers and the president of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Board of School Trustees.”

The accident happened Tuesday morning, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd struck and killed six-year-old twins Xavier and Mason Ingle and their nine-year-old sister Alivia Stahl, as they were about to board a school bus.

A fourth child, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, was also injured in the accident. He is currently recovering at Parkeview Health Hospital in Fort Wayne. His condition is unknown at this time.

Shepherd is charged with three counts of reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign causing injury.

No court date has been announced.

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