Northview Elementary-Peru

A school district is in mourning.

Peru Elementary School District Superintendent Jamie Craven says the two children killed in a wreck Tuesday night near Utica are Leanna Downey-Molina and Mason Molina. Leanna was a seventh grader at Parkside Middle School while Mason was a third grade student at Northview Elementary School.

A Crisis Team is being made available to help students, parents, and school personnel cope with the tragedy. The counselors will be at Parkside Friday from 10 until noon and at both Parkside and Northview on Monday.

A vehicle the children were riding in crashed into a box truck that was on the westbound Interstate 80 shoulder just east of Route 178. Five other people were hurt.

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