SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — There has been a serious bus accident in Magoffin County involving students, and four people are in critical condition.
Officials say the bus was heading on Route 40 to Salyersville near Tackett Bottom Road when the bus went off an embankment and crashed, around 7:21 a.m. Monday.
The driver appeared to have overcorrected and then reentered the road causing the bus to cross both lanes and go down an embankment where it landed on its side. Officials said the impact was so strong it cut a utility pole in half. No other vehicles were involved.
The Salyersville Fire Department says the bus landed on its side. A student called 911 shortly after the bus crashed. Police said some of the students had already climbed up the embankment and others had to be helped up with ropes and baskets by first responders. They were of all ages.
"It's the first time I've ever seen anything like that and it broke my heart. You could just hear them you know crying and stuff, just scared to death," said Chris LeMaster who helped with the rescue.
Kentucky State Police say all 18 students on board sustained injuries that ranged from minor to critical. All received medical care but not all were taken to the hospital, according to Magoffin County Superintendent Chris Meadows.
Kentucky, we have some tough news. There has been a serious bus accident in Magoffin County involving children. @KyStatePolice is on the scene and we are responding swiftly. Please join me in praying for all those involved. We will continue to share updates as available. ^AB— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) November 14, 2022
Four are in critical condition — three students and the bus driver. The bus driver had worked for the district full-time for several years. Most students were transported to different hospitals, including ARH In Paintsville.
Officials say this stretch of road has seen several wrecks and accidents in the past, but they said that is uncommon for a rural road like this. This area has been considered for a guard rail in the past.