Students killed in bus crash identified, 4 children remain at Kosair


by Gene Kang

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 9:34 PM

CARROLLTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Head Start Child Development Center in Carroll County was closed Tuesday night after a devastating crash that killed two toddlers.

The victims of the tragic accident are three-year-olds Caroline Tuttle and Ryder Deitz.

The crash happened on Boone Road in Carroll County, Monday. A family friend said the grandparents are heartbroken.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to their families because I know them personally. Just can't imagine what they're going through," Marty Hearn said. His niece is one of four kids still being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital. "She had two broken legs and broken skull." 

"One of the children has pulmonary contusions. Their lungs were bruised and also skull fractures,"  Chris Gruebbel, chief nursing officer at Kosair Children's Hospital, said.

A total of nine children, under the age of five, a driver and bus monitor were on the bus. Somehow the driver lost control and over-corrected. Kentucky State Police said all of the children were in seat belts. However, there's no indication if they were in booster seats or wore lap belts.

"It prevented them from being ejected from the bus," Gruebbel said.

Six kids were rushed to Kosair. Four still remain in the hospital - three four-year-olds and a three-year-old.

Two of the children suffered leg fractures and internal bleeding. They underwent surgery. Others have bumps and bruises.

"It's a terrible thing for young kids," a family friend said.

Caroline Tuttle's mother had this to say in a statement released via Facebook:

"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 be made 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 Head Start and Head Start programs. We want her death to be remembered by the joy she had in the school system and help support students
pursuing an early childhood education degree so that they may work as certified teachers in a Head Start program.

Tandy Eckler Riley Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements."

Visitation for Caroline Elizabeth Tuttle will be from  4 to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 1, at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m.  Fri., Nov. 2, at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton with the Rev. Joe Kindoll officiating. Caroline will be buried at in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Visitation for Ryder Deitz will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2, at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton. Funeral Services will be on Sat., Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton. In Lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Ryder Nichols Deitz Education Fund through the First National Bank of Carrollton in care of the funeral home.


An accident reconstruction team is currently examining the bus to look for any mechanical issues or other factors that could have contributed to the crash.  Another reconstruction team is at the crash site finishing up the investigation at the scene.