4 people killed when truck hits Girl Scout troop picking up trash

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run

3 Girl Scouts, 1 Woman Killed in Wisconsin Hit-and-Run

Girl Scouts sing as hundreds of community members turn out in the rain Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in remembrance of three Girl Scouts and a parent who died Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck while their troop was picking up trash along a rural highway.

The girls were reported to have been about 10 years old and pupils of an elementary school in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Treu was arrested on four counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle, five counts of hit and run and four counts of homicide while intoxicated (use of inhalants), police said.

In Wisconsin, the school, the community of Scouts and most of Chippewa were preparing to attend a memorial at 6 p.m. Sunday at the elementary school the three girls who were killed attended.

The girls were fourth-graders and members of Troop 3055 in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis. A fourth juvenile female was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

The group had adopted the rural road and performed the community service along it before, something they did while wearing bright yellow safety vests and accompanied by adults.

After turning himself in to police, Treu admitted to police that he and the passenger in his vehicle had intentionally inhaled chemicals, which is commonly referred to as "huffing", just prior to the incident.

Eliopoulos says it's a "difficult time for our students, families and staff", and that the district will provide support "for as long as needed".

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A Girl Scout troop was picking up trash on CTH P near STH 29 when a black Ford F150 left the roadway and struck multiple people in the ditch.

But Cecily Spallees, a personal care attendant at a group home near the crash site, told the newspaper that drivers regularly speed on that stretch of road, which quickly changes from a 55-mph to a 35-mph zone. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off. One girl died later at a hospital.

"The area is not an unsafe area", he added.

"Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes", CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the United States of America said in a statement Sunday.

The Lake Hallie Police Department extends it's deepest sympathies to the families involved.

Officials say the crash happened at 11:41AM on County P at the 29 overpass near Weber Field. An investigation and search for the vehicle is underway.

Two girls and a chaperone were killed on the roadside, according to the Lake Hallie Police Department, which is investigating.

We'll have updates on the incident as information comes in.

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