Carroll County, KY, United States (4E) – Two children were killed and five others were seriously wounded after a school bus drove off a county road in Kentucky and slammed into a tree late Monday afternoon.
According to the Kentucky State Police, the bus was transporting nine children of pre-school ages when the accident happened on a rural road in Carroll County around 4:30 p.m. on October 29.
It was reported that the bus driver swerved and overcorrected, causing the bus to run off the road. The vehicle partially overturned before hitting a tree. The bus was nearly torn in half, with its frame separated from the wheels.
The jaws of life had to be used by responders to free some of the trapped children.
Police identified the two children who died as Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both three years-old, from Carrollton.
Three children, two 3-year-old boys and a 4-year-old girl, were taken to the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Two of them, who suffered skull fractures and broken bones, were placed in intensive care, but doctors said they are all in stable condition.
The female bus driver was not injured but another adult on board, a bus assistant, have been brought to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and remains in serious condition.
A 3-year-old boy was admitted overnight but has been scheduled for release Tuesday.
Three children have been turned over from the crash scene to their parents, but police said they were all examined and evaluated at the hospital.
Troopers noted that everyone on the bus was wearing a five-point seat belt harness.
Police are not sure what caused the crash and if another vehicle was involved in the crash. Accident reconstruction teams are now investigating the bus and the crash scene.
The bus driver has been tested for drugs, which is standard procedure. The results have not been made public.