Kindergartner hit, killed by vehicle while waiting for school bus; sister, 4, injured

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PLAINFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) -- Highway 73 near Plainfield is reopen after a 6-year-old student was hit and killed by a vehicle this morning while waiting to get on the school bus. Her 4-year-old sister was injured.

Portion of Highway 73 near Plainfield closed due to fatal crash involving child-pedestrian. Feb. 10, 2020. (WSAW-TV)

The district administrator for Tri-County Area School District says the bus which had its lights flashing was stopped at the time when a pickup tried to pass it on the right-hand side, hitting and killing a kindergartner and leaving a young sibling hurt.

Their names have not been released, and the investigation into what happened continues.

Counselors have been on hand in the Tri-County Area School District to help students cope with what happened.

Only about 800 people live in Plainfield. A teacher in the district said it's been a somber day.

“We’re such a small, tight-knit community that everybody really feels the tragedy,” said 5th and 6th grade teacher Korryn Dean of the Tri-County School District.

“Somber, very quiet, some students have gone home, I think the majority that were on the bus have been picked up, gone home,” she said.

But it’s not just at school. She says everyone in this town knew the family and is stunned.

“When something happens in this community, everybody sticks together,” she said.

Dean says everyone is praying for the family.

That portion of the highway was closed for several hours, but has since reopened. Counselors were at the school to help students and staff.

A message on the district’s website stated in part, the surviving victim has been released from medical care with relatively minor injuries.