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story.lead_photo.caption Emergency medical personnel gather at the scene of a hit-and-run accident Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Lake Hallie, Wis., that killed two girls and an adult. (Steve Kinderman/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. -- A truck lurched off a road Saturday in western Wisconsin and hit a group of Girl Scouts picking up trash in a ditch, leaving three girls and one adult dead and critically injuring a fourth girl, police said.

Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said the driver of the black Ford F-150 fled the scene but later turned surrendered. He identified the driver as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa, Falls, Wis.

Sokup said Treu will be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle. Sokup said the crash happened before 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 there were other factors that might have led the driver to leave the road.

The crash happened Saturday morning as the girls were picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a town about 95 miles east of Minneapolis.

The girls were in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted a relative of a girl in the troop who was not injured as saying. The Girl Scouts were all wearing bright safety vests and were accompanied by several adults.

Two of the girls and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene. A third Girl Scout was transported to a hospital where she later died, Sokup said. The fourth girl was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The names of the dead were not immediately released.

A Section on 11/04/2018

Print Headline: Truck goes off road, hits Girl Scouts; 3 die along with 1 adult

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