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GHENT, Ky. - Two Northern Kentucky families filed a lawsuit against the Carroll County School District claiming negligence after a school bus crash killed two pre-school children Oct. 29.

The Hollingsworth family of Ghent, Ky., spoke to 9 News about their daughter Ryleigh Hollingsworth, 4, who suffered a broken collar bone and some scrapes and bruises.

"'I'm mad in general," Ryleigh's mom Kristina Hollingsworth said. "I don't think it's thrown at anybody in particular, but I'm just mad that it happened."

The day the accident happened, Ryleigh's father, Tommy Hollingsworth, said he was waiting for Ryleigh's bus to arrive at the end of the road when he got a call.

"We heard through family who had police scanners. The adrenaline at the fear, is it her bus, is she OK. We were instructed to go to the hospital," he said.

"We got to celebrate her birthday with her, we got to put up Christmas decorations, and she got to help," Kristina said. "I just feel for those people that can't do that this year."

Nine children were on the Head Start bus the day the crash happened. Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both 3, were killed.

Ryleigh's parents said their daughter is mainly struggling with her emotions.

"She's sleeping in our bed now and has bad dreams in her bed," Kristina said. "I ask her what they're about and she says the bus flips and there's blood."

In the lawsuit, both families claim negligence, alleging the district ignored complaints about bus driver Laura Reed's driving prior tot he crash.

"Their overall safety is their main concern," Tommy said. "We shouldn't have to worry about the safety of our kids when they're with the school."

Carroll County School's superintendent has no comment on the lawsuit at this time.

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