Students taken to hospital after bus rear-ended

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SALYERSVILLE - Students were taken to the hospital after a Monday morning school bus wreck involving an SUV.

Magoffin County school bus number 217, driven by Dewayne Davis, was rear-ended by a black SUV, driven by Odell Pyles. The bus had stopped at the first house past Speedway on West Maple Street to pick up a child, Superintendent Stanley Holbrook told the Independent. The child was approaching the door when the accident occurred, but had not entered the bus. The bus had made a complete stop with the air brakes engaged.

Holbrook said the bus was pushed over 17 feet upon impact. 

Of the 47 children on the bus at the time of the wreck, six were transported to the hospital by ambulance, with 15 transported by parents from the scene. Holbrook said more were taken by parents later on, but all were released, including the driver of the SUV, from medical care on Monday, as well.

Students from 5 years old up through high school were on the bus when the accident occurred, Holbrook said. Some complained of neck and back pain, while some refused treatment. The driver and bus monitor stayed on the scene until all students left, Holbrook said.

 Holbrook said he has already been contacted by an attorney from Paintsville representing several people about possible litigation regarding the accident.