CARROLLTON, Ky. (AP) — A school bus overturned on a narrow country road in northern Kentucky Monday, killing two pre-school-aged children, state police said.
Trooper Brad Arterburn said the bus carrying nine children was headed home from the pre-school program Head Start and flipped onto its side and struck a tree. He said four children were taken to hospitals and three were released to their parents.
The driver of the bus escaped unharmed. An adult aide was taken to the hospital, but Arterburn did not know the person's condition not that of the other children.
The bus overturned about 4:30 p.m. on Boone Road in Carrollton. Arterburn said investigators do now know why it flipped or if any other vehicle was involved.
"It's a small country road, narrow country road," he said. "No lines, no center line on it. Right now we don't know what made the bus go out of control."
Kosair Children's Hospital chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel said three children — ages 3, 4 and 5 — were brought to the Louisville hospital. She says they had broken bones and head injuries, and at least two will be treated in the critical care unit.
Arterburn said the bus was shorter than a standard-size school bus and it was equipped with seatbelts, but he did not know if any of the children were wearing them.
Carrollton was also the site of a school bus crash in 1988 that killed 24 children and three adults. That bus was being used for a church activity and was returning after a day at an amusement park when it was hit head-on by a drunken driver. It remains the nation's deadliest drunken-driving collision.