Three Girl Scouts Killed In Hit-And-Run While Picking Up Rubbish

A pickup truck has lurched off a road in western Wisconsin and hit a group of Girl Scouts picking up rubbish in a ditch, killing three girls and one adult and critically injuring a fourth girl.

Sergeant Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police Department said the driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup truck fled the scene but later turned himself in.

He identified the driver as Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa, Falls, Wisconsin.

Sokup said Treu will be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle.

Emergency services gathered at the site of the hit-and-run incident. Image: AAP

The crash happened on Saturday morning as the girls were picking up litter in a ditch in Lake Hallie, a town about 150km east of Minneapolis.

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.