2 CHILDREN DIE IN BUS CRASH
9 CARROLLTON HEAD START STUDENTS WERE ON SCHOOL BUS
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:00 AM
Two preschool-aged children died Monday after a Carroll County School District bus crashed on Boone Road shortly after 4:30 p.m.
Emergency workers pulled children from an overturned school bus Monday on Boone Road. The bus was carrying nine children who were students at Carroll County Head Start. Two children were pronounced dead at the scene and four children were airlifted to hospitals. Three children were released to their parents. Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman, left, and Kentucky State Police public information officer Brad Arterburn addressed the media Monday night. Few details, including names of the children have been released. (Staff photos by Evan Shields)
Update - 12:01 p.m.
Two children killed in the Carroll County School District bus accident Monday have been identified as Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both 3, from Carrollton, Ky., a release from Kentucky State Police said.
An accident reconstruction team is looking for any mechanical problems or other factors that might have caused the bus to crash. Another reconstruction team is finishing investigations at the crash site today, the release said.
Bus No. 140 was carrying nine children who were students at Carroll County Head Start, a pre-kindergarten school, according to Brad Arterburn, the public information officer for Kentucky State Police. The driver and a school bus assistant were also on the bus, Arterburn said.
State police said the bus, which was not a full-size bus, was eastbound in the 3200 block of Boone Road when it left the road for an unknown reason. Arterburn said the bus turned over on its side and crashed into a tree, collapsing the roof and causing the chassis to detach.
Two children were pronounced dead at the scene. Names and ages were not released this morning, but Coroner David Wilhoite said names could be released later today.
Arterburn said the school bus was equipped with seat belts, but it is unknown if the seat belts were in use at the time of the accident.
Boone Road was backed up for nearly a mile with emergency crews. Medical helicopters landed in a field near the crash scene. Arterburn said some of the children were trapped inside the bus.
Six children from the bus were transported to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. Kosair spokesman Steve Menaugh said three children were admitted to the intensive care unit and one was admitted to the medical surgery unit. Some of the injuries were head injuries and broken bones.
Menaugh said all three children in the ICU are in stable condition and the child in the medical surgery unit is in good condition and could be released today. Two of the children were discharged Monday night.
Arterburn said one child and the school bus assistant were flown to University Hospital in Lexington. Three children were released to their parents at the scene without the need for medical care. The driver of the bus was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital, but was not injured.
Names of the children involved in the accident were not provided by authorities.
Jon Conrad, chief financial officer for the school district, said there are 120 students enrolled in the Head Start program, most of whom are between the ages of 3 and 4. Conrad said there are three bus routes used by Head Start. The hours of operation of the school were not known this morning, but Conrad said he believed they went longer than a typical school day.
Flags across the district will be at half-staff. In a statement Monday night, Superintendent Lisa James said that at this point the main concerns are the children involved and their families.
"The school district will have counselors available tomorrow (today) at all of the school districts," James said.