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Families of two children hurt in Carroll Co. crash file suit

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CARROLL CO., KY. (WDRB) -- The families of two children hurt in a fatal school bus crash are taking action.  Family members filed a lawsuit at the Hall of Justice in Carroll County. They say the goal is to simply get more answers about the crash.

Attorney Eric Deters says, "A bus full of children just doesn't automatically wreck on its own -- just doesn't happen."  He represents two of the families involved in the Carroll County bus crash that killed two small children last month.

"Somebody did something wrong," Deters says, adding that the purpose of the lawsuit is to find out who that "somebody" is.  "We have at least one witness that the bus was going too fast," he says.

The crash happened when bus number 140 went off the road and hit a tree.  Three-year-olds Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle died in the crash. The road was wet, but Deters believes there's more to the story.  "It's just like anything," he says, "whether the road is wet, whether it's icy, you have to drive the right speed for road conditions."

The lawsuit names Carroll County School District Superintendent Lisa James, the bus driver, and several others as defendants.  Deters says, "She's driving a bus during the scope of her employment, so therefore that automatically makes the school district, the superintendent, and the school board members because it's a public body, are named as defendants for that reason."

The suit alleges the bus driver "operated the school bus in a negligent and unsafe manner." It also accuses school officials of ignoring past complaints about the driver.

Deters says, "We've heard that this driver had some issues, and I don't want to get into what I know those issues to be.  So it will be interesting to see what's in her personnel file and what were some of the concerns."

WDRB News contacted Superintendent Lisa James' office by phone and we're told she is not commenting on the lawsuit.

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