Two pre-school children have been killed with a number of others injured in a bus accident in the Carroll County school district when their bus overturned and hit into a tree, say officials from the Kentucky State Police Department.

The children were on their way home from a Head Start pre school program when the tragic accident occurred. “It’s the worst thing you can imagine”, said Brad Arterburn, a spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police Department. The bus was carrying nine children from the Head Start program,  as well as two adults. A number of the children were stuck inside the wreckage of the overturned bus before rescue workers were able to free them.

The bus overturned at around 4.32pm while driving on Boone Road and hit into a tree. According to the sheriff’s department, another vehicle was involved in the incident but no further details are known. State police, however, say that there was no other vehicle at the scene when they arrived.

Two children were declared dead on the scene by emergency medical personnel. A further four children were injured, and transported by helicopter to local hospitals, while three other children were released home with their parents. All of the injured children were under the age of five years, and are currently being treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. According to Cis Gruebbel, chief nursing officer at Kosair, the children suffered serious injuries including head injuries and fractures. However Gruebbel did not say whether the children’s injuries were life-threatening.

Although Hurricane Sandy has been causing high winds in the area, police say that bad weather conditions were unlikely to have played a role in the accident, as the roads were dry and it was not raining at the time of the incident.

Gruebbel further elaborated that the injured children were first sent to Carrol County Memorial Hospital where they were stabilised and evaluated before the most seriously injured were transferred to Kosair for further specialist management. The children were not able to be taken to hospital in Cincinnati by air due to high wind speeds from Hurrican Sandy.

The driver of the bus was not injured in the accident, but was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for a precautionary examination. The driver also underwent a routine drug test and tested for alcohol, said state police officials. The second adult on the bus suffered minor injuries and was airlifted to hospital. Her condition currently is unclear.

State police are investigating the incident.


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