Girl scouts killed by truck while litter picking on roadside

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A Wisconsin community is grieving the sudden loss of four lives, as a mother and three girl scouts were killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend that was allegedly the result of the driver "huffing".

The children were all fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) east of Minneapolis.

A relative of one of the uninjured girls told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the children were area Girl Scouts in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

The vehicle then lurched back onto the road and sped off, according to police, leaving behind a scene of horror.

Two juvenile females and one adult female were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our hearts are with our Girl Scout sisters in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin", Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo tweeted on Sunday.

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Three girl scouts have been killed after they were hit by a truck while picking up litter.

The group of seven girls and five parents had "highly visible" green safety vests on at the time, police said in a statement.

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.

Hundreds of community members gathered in 40-degree weather Sunday evening for a vigil outside Halmstad Elementary School, where some of the girls were students.

The driver fled, but turned himself in later.

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos spoke during Sunday's news conference.

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The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved.

The three Girl Scouts who were killed in the crash have been identified as Jayna Kelley, 9, of Lake Hallie, Autum Helgeson, 10, of Lake Hallie, Haylee Hinkle, 10, of Lafayette. "We grieve with you", the department posted on Facebook.

This is an ongoing investigation. The two-ton pickup slammed into the Scouts, visiting tragedy on the town of 14,000 before speeding off. Sergeant Dan Sokup says one victim was air lifted to the hospital and one victim was taken by ambulance.

A fifth Girl Scout, a 10-year-old girl, remains hospitalized, but is in stable condition, according to police.

Officials say the crash happened at 11:41AM on County P at the 29 overpass near Weber Field. Striking vehicle is believed to be a black or dark grey Ford F-150 '04-'06 with heavy front end damage and missing both side view mirrors.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -The Lake Hallie Police Department is searching for a vehicle after a fatal hit-and-run involving multiple victims in Chippewa County.

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Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Chippewa County Communications Center.