LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nurses are optimistic six pre-schoolers admitted to Kosair Children's Hospital will make a full recovery after a deadly school bus accident.
The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. when the bus carrying nine children and two adults went off the road, partially overturned and struck a tree.
According to Kentucky State Police, Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both 3, died at the scene of the crash on Boone Road.
Three children, between 3 and 4 years old, remained at Kosair Tuesday evening. The children were treated for various injuries, including internal bleeding and skull fractures. Some were under observation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit while others were upgraded and discharged.
Another child and bus assistant were listed in serious condition at UK Medical Center in Lexington.
Kosair Chief Nursing Officer Cis Gruebbel said the other children may have been saved by their seatbelts. "These kiddos were in seatbelts and it prevented them from being ejected," Gruebbel said.
Carrollton Police released a 911 call placed by the bus driver - who was not injured in the accident.
Kentucky State Police assigned two accident reconstruction teams to investigate the crash. Trooper Brad Arterburn said one team will look into possible mechanical failures that may have contributed to the accident and the other will examine the scene.
"One is going be with the bus going through there seeing what evidence they can find. We have towed the vehicle and currently have it in possession. The other group has been canvassing the area where the crash occurred. They were there all night and this morning finishing up the investigation on Boone Road," Arterburn said.
Carroll County Schools Superintendent Lisa James released the following statement Tuesday:
"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."
The Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Carroll County were canceled Tuesday.
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