Girl Scouts, adult killed when truck hits troop in Wisconsin

Erika Holt
November 5, 2018

The fourth girl was transported to a hospital in critical condition. She says Girl Scouts everywhere stand with "our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this awful tragedy".

Police say the driver who hit them, identified as 21-year-old Colton Treu of Chippewa Falls, later turned himself in. Other members of the troop were pickup up trash from the opposite shoulder. It was unclear Sunday if Treu had an attorney who could speak for him.

A relative of one girl who was uninjured in the crash said the children were fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, which is 182 miles west of Green Bay.

Sokup said the crash happened before a hill and there were no blind spots.

It was not clear why the vehicle veered off the road, but local residents said the road in the area is risky, with numerous accidents there.

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Troop 3055's regional council, the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, expressed its condolences on Facebook and said a vigil will be held Sunday evening. They said that drivers tend to speed down that stretch of road, going much faster than the limit, which is 35MPH.

"I'm always telling one of my residents that he shouldn't walk this strip at night", Spallees told the newspaper. We would also like to thank the City of Chippewa Falls Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Chippewa Fire District for their assistance in this matter. They were all wearing bright safety vests and were with several adults.

Two of them and the adult died at the scene, while the third girl died in hospital.

The Girl Scouts were cleaning up rubbish in a grassy area between the rural road and a farm near the Hwy. In a statement provided to WEAU, Michelle Golden, the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District's director of human resources & public relations, said that the district's "hearts and prayers are with the girls and their families".

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