THREE Girl Scouts have been run over and killed while picking up rubbish on the side of a rural road in Wisconsin.
The primary school aged children were bagging litter in a ditch on the side of a country road in the small town of Lake Hallie, 150km east of Minneapolis, when tragedy struck on Saturday morning.
Sergeant Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered off the road and careened into the group, killing three girls and a woman. A fourth girl was critically injured.
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The vehicle then lurched back onto the road and sped off, according to police, leaving behind a scene of horror.
Two fourth-graders and their chaperone died at the scene, while two other girls were taken by ambulance and helicopter to a nearby hospital where sadly, one of them later died.
The Girl Scouts were cleaning up rubbish in a grassy area between the rural road and a farm near the Hwy. 29 overpass, chattering and laughing when the Ford F-150 ploughed into them.
It’s understood the children had adopted the country road and had performed the community service before.
They were all wearing bright lime-green safety vests and were accompanied by several adults at the time.
The driver, identified as Colton Treu, 21, from Chippewa Falls, has since turned himself in to police and is expected to be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.
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