3 Girl Scouts, 1 woman killed in hit-and-run crash in Wisconsin

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Authorities say three Girl Scouts and one woman picking up trash on the side of a western Wisconsin road have been killed in a hit-and-run crash.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department as saying that the driver of the pickup that hit the group fled the scene but later turned himself in.

A fourth girl struck by the pickup was in critical condition Saturday evening.

The crash happened late Saturday morning as the girls were picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a village about 95 miles east of Minneapolis. A black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered off the road and hit the group.

The girls were in the fourth grade at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 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 and a third was transported to a hospital where she later died, Sokup said.

“The Lake Hallie Police Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved,” Sokup wrote on Facebook Saturday evening.

Lake Hallie police are leading the investigation.

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