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ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a meeting next month to determine the probable cause of the 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural northern Indiana highway to reach their stopped school bus.

The agency announced Tuesday that the April 7 meeting will investigate the Oct. 30, 2018, crash involving a pickup truck on two-lane Indiana 25 in Rochester.

The crash killed 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

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The Indiana woman who killed three children after passing a stopped school bus in October 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus in Rochester. She hit four children -- killing three siblings.

In addition to four years in prison, the judge sentenced Shepherd to three years home detention and three years probation. Her driver’s license will be suspended for ten years.

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ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The trial is underway for  an Indiana woman accused of killing three children by striking them with a pickup truck as they crossed a two-lane state highway to board a school bus.

Alyssa Shepherd faces three counts of reckless homicide and other charges in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash. She has pleaded not guilty .

Prosecutors and attorneys began selecting jurors Tuesday in the 24-year-old woman's trial in Fulton County.

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Three students in Indiana were hit and killed last year, as they went to board their school bus. 

A law that went into effect earlier this year makes says drivers caught illegally passing stopped school buses can face penalties including fines of up to $5,000 or have their license suspended for up to a year. 

But enforcement is tricky – Indiana State Police public information officer Sgt. Curt Durnil says police usually have to follow buses on their routes, or ride along.



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a school bus driver and aide who ordered several western Michigan elementary students to get off a bus for eating and sharing a bag of chips have been fired.

Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Cortez says the students left the bus Wednesday afternoon, several stops before they should have. The district didn't specify how many students were involved, but said older students helped younger students stay safe afterward.

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana school bus driver who authorities say allowed children as young as 11 years old drive a bus has been given probation.

Joandrea McAtee, of Portage, was sentenced Monday to nearly two years of probation. McAtee pleaded guilty in September to felony neglect of a dependent in an agreement with prosecutors.

The 28-year-old McAtee can petition to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor if she completes probation.

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LAGRANGE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in a northeastern Indiana county are launching an effort to crack down on motorists who pass stopped school buses.

School bus crash in SE Indiana

Mar 6, 2019
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UPDATE:  Authorities say a total of 20 people were injured when a school bus collided with a garbage truck in Indiana, including a student taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Eric Lows is the superintendent of South Dearborn Community School Corporation. He says the bus was carrying mostly middle school and high school students. Lows says one student was seriously hurt and taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is en route to Rochester to investigate a crash that killed three siblings and injured another boy as they were boarding their school bus.

The children were crossing from a mobile home park to board their Tippecanoe Valley school bus on Tuesday morning when a pickup truck hit them.