9-year-old killed while trying to board school bus in Mississippi

MARIETTA, Mississippi -- An elementary school student died after a truck hit him while he was trying to board a school bus.

Dalen Thomas, 9, was walking across a highway in northeast Mississippi when he was hit by the pickup at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.

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Three siblings were struck and killed and another child was injured at a school bus stop in Indiana Tuesday morning, Indiana State Police said.

An ambulance took Thomas to a nearby medical center. He was then airlifted to a children's hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where he died.

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The woman charged in the deaths of three siblings struck and killed at a school bus stop Tuesday morning told police she saw the bus lights, but did not recognize it was a school bus.

Officials say 22-year-old Hunter Newman was the driver of the truck. He's been charged with aggravated assault. His bond is set at $10,000.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Highway Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team.

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