LAKE HALLIE, Wisconsin. – A pickup truck drove off a West Wisconsin road on Saturday and met a group of Girl Scouts picking up garbage in a ditch. Three girls and one adult were killed. A fourth girl was injured, the police said.
Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said the driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup had fled the scene, but later hired himself. He identified the driver as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa, Falls, Wisconsin.
Sokup said that Treu is being charged with negligent use of a vehicle with four killing cases. Sokup said that the crash happened in front of a hill and there were no blind spots.
"The area is not an unsafe area," he said. Sokup said it was not immediately known if other factors had caused the driver to leave the road.
The crash occurred late Saturday morning when the girls were collecting rubbish in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a city about 153 km east of Minneapolis.
The girls were in fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted a relative of a girl from the troupe who had not been injured. The Girl Scouts all wore bright safety vests and were accompanied by several adults.
Two of the girls and the woman were declared dead at the scene. A third boy scout was taken to a hospital where she later died, Sokup said. The fourth girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The names of the dead were not published immediately.
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