Carroll County, KY – Two young children were killed in a Head Start bus crash on Monday. Seven injured preschoolers were sent to Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Kentucky Medical Center. First responders had to use the jaws of life to free several children from the crash, according to WDRB.
The Kentucky State Police identified the deceased children as Carolina Tuttle and Ryder Deitz, both three years old. Kosair Children’s Hospital received a total of six patients from the Kentucky bus crash. Two children were treated and later released, according to the Courier-Journal. A third was treated in the surgical unit and was slated for a Tuesday afternoon release. The remaining three children who were injured in the Head Start accident reportedly endured head injuries and fractures and are in stable condition. All of the patients are reportedly three and four years old.
The bus assistant and another child flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center are reportedly in serious condition. The preschoolers were on their way home from the Head Start center when their bus overturned and hit a tree.
An accident reconstruction team is in the process of examining the bus for possible mechanical issues or related factors which could have contributed to the deadly crash. A second accident reconstruction team is completing an investigation at the incident scene.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Brad Arterburn notes that a sheriff’s report states a second vehicle was involved with the trash. Trooper Arterburn added that the report of a second car has not yet been verified.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold Tomlinson ordered all flags in the county be flown at half-staff to honor the lost lives. Tomlinson’s flag order also stated:
“I urge everyone in our community to keep these families in your thoughts and prayers throughout the coming days and weeks as we all struggle to deal with this tragedy.”