A 6-year-old Wisconsin girl was killed and her 4-year-old sister injured after they were hit by a car on Monday morning, Feb. 10, while trying to get on a school bus.
The crash happened around 7:15 a.m. when a school bus stopped near Plainfield along State Highway 73 with its lights flashing, WBAY reported.
While two sisters had crossed the road, a two-lane road, with other family members and were waiting to get on the bus, a pickup truck tried to pass on the bus’s right side. That’s when the truck hit the girls, Anthony Marinack the district administrator for Tri-County Area Schools revealed.
The 6-year-old girl, a kindergartner at Tri-County Area Schools, was pronounced dead before first responders could transport her to the hospital.
Officials said her younger sister, who’s in the district’s 4K program, has been released from medical care with relatively minor injuries and is home recovering with her family.
Seven other students were already on the bus at the time of the crash, Marinack said.
The identities of the girls and the pickup driver have not been released.
Only about 800 people live in Plainfield. A teacher in the Tri-County district said it was a somber day, WSAW reported.
“We’re such a small, tight-knit community that everybody really feels the tragedy,” fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Korryn Dean said. “Somber, very quiet. Some students have gone home. I think the majority that were on the bus have been picked up, gone home.”
The crash is under investigation.