CARROLL COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two children are dead and several others were injured Monday after their school bus overturned.
Kentucky State Police said the bus was transporting children from Carroll County Headstart to their homes when the accident happened at 3258 Boone Road.
At the time, 9 children were on the bus. Some of the children were trapped on the bus and had to be cut out, police said.
The mother of one of the victims, 3-year-old Caroline Tuttle, released the following statement.
"Thank you all for your prayers, calls, emails, and texts. Our hearts are broken over the death of our sweet Caroline. We thank you for your compassion while our family deals with this personal tragedy and ask you to please respect our privacy. We are in the process of finalizing arrangements and will forward them to you once everything is finalized.
We have set up an account through Farmers Bank of Milton that we would prefer contributions made to over flowers. This fund is the Caroline Tuttle - Tuttle Tots Early Childhood Educator scholarship fund. Caroline loved her time at school in both the Early Headstart and Headstart Programs. We want her death to be remembered by the joy she had in the school system and help fund teachers in their academic endeavor that focus in early childhood development."
Three other children were treated and released on the scene while four were taken to area hospitals. The bus driver was not injured.
Kosair Children's Hospital Chief of Nursing Cis Gruebbel said three of the children are at Kosair and a fourth is expected. The injured at Kosair are considered the most significant, including head injuries and broken bones, but Gruebbel declined to say those with head injuries would be life-threatening injuries, citing the fact that medical evaluations are still in the early stages.
Medical helicopters transported three children to Kosair Children's Hospital - a three, four, and five-year old. The helicopters elected to go to Louisville and not Cincinnati, because of concerns about high winds near Cincinnati, a result of the impact of Hurricane Sandy off of the eastern United States. The crash site is about halfway between the two cities.
Carroll County Memorial Hospital and University of Kentucky Hospital have also received patients, but it’s not known how many people went to each hospital. A total of five medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene.
Several emergency agencies responded to the scene - the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Carrollton Police Department, Carroll County Ambulance Service and Carroll County Rescue Squad.
Police could not determine if speed was a factor of the crash. but said they believe the driver lost control and over-corrected, possibly causing the accident.
The following statement is from Lisa James, superintendent of the Carroll County School District:
"A tragic bus accident has occurred involving children enrolled in the Carroll County School District. The accident is still under investigation by local police authorities and school district personnel. At present, we are most concerned about the children involved and their families. Counselors and administrators have been present at area hospitals with families of some of the children involved in the accident. The school district will have counselors available tomorrow at all of the district schools."