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Three Girl Scouts and their escort were killed while picking up rubbish by the side of a Wisconsin road by an intoxicated driver, police say.

The girls were from a scout group in Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145km) east of Minneapolis. "The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this bad tragedy".

The deceased woman was identified as the mother of one of the dead girls in a report from local broadcaster WEAU News, however the names of the victims have yet to be released.

Two fourth-graders and their chaperone died at the scene, while two other girls were taken by ambulance and helicopter to a nearby hospital where sadly, one of them later died.

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

"This is a terrible reminder of our nations epidemic of self-indulging with substance abuse without regard of the consequences", Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal D. Smokowicz said in a statement Monday.

This photo provided by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin shows Colten Treu, who is accused of striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a parent and critically injuring a fourth girl near Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 3, 2018.

One vigil, outside the Halmstad Elementary School which some of the girls attended, saw hundreds of mourners gather in near freezing rain to pay their respects to the victims. One juvenile female remains in critical condition at this time.

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He was also found with methamphetamines, cannabis and other controlled substances when he was arrested, police say.

The 21-year-old is in custody and is expected to be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle, Mr Sokup told the Star-Tribune.

Jasper said this tragedy comes as a shock to many, especially to fellow Girl Scouts.

The group of girls and adults were collecting litter from a ditch near highway 29 overpass on Saturday morning.

The driver fled the area, but later turned himself in.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department in a statement posted to Facebook Saturday evening called it a "truly horrific incident" and extended its condolences to the victims and their families.

This is an ongoing investigation. Crash occurred at 11:41am. The vehicle of interest is believed to be a black or dark grey Ford F-150 '04-'06 with heavy front end damage and missing both side view mirrors.

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