Victims Identified, Four Remain Hospitalized Following Kentucky Bus Crash

Oct 30, 2012

Kentucky State Police say the two children who were killed in a school bus crash were both 3 years old. Police identified the young victims from Monday’s crash as Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both of Carrollton.

Police say the boy and girl were pronounced dead at the scene after a Carroll County school bus carrying students home from the Head Start preschool program overturned and crashed into a tree.

Nine children, all preschoolers, were on board along with two adults. Five children remain hospitalized.

The crash occurred on a narrow country lane in Carrollton and remains under investigation.

The location of the crash contains an especially cruel irony. Carrollton is the site of the deadliest bus crash in U.S. history. On May 14, 1988, a drunk driver struck a former school bus being used as a church bus that was carrying a group of children from Hardin County.

The children were returning home from a trip to the King's Island amusement park in Ohio. After the collision, a fire broke out in the bus, killing 27 and injuring 34 others.

Family members of some of the victims of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash went on to start the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or M.A.D.D.