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Driver, three students still hospitalized

SALYERSVILLE – At press time on Tuesday, three students and the driver from last week’s bus wreck remain in the hospital, with four students released since last week’s paper printed.

On Tuesday, November 22, Magoffin County Schools announced that another student had been released from the hospital, with the following posted to the district’s Facebook.

“We are pleased to announce that another student has been released from the hospital since our update yesterday. In addition to the driver, three students currently remain hospitalized. The accident is still under investigation by the Kentucky State Police. Thank you to everyone for the support that you have shown these families. Please continue to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.”

KSP has not released any more information concerning the wreck, with it still listed as under investigation.

In total, 18 students and the driver were on the bus on November 14, when the wreck occurred. Just after 7:20 a.m., first responders were called to a bus wreck on KY Rt. 40 near the Tackett Bottom. According to initial reports, the bus was traveling toward Salyersville when it dropped off the pavement and into the ditch, then reentered the roadway. The driver appeared to have overcorrected, crossed both lanes and over the embankment, striking and cutting a utility pole in half. The bus landed on its passenger side facing Johnson County. All occupants were taken to the hospital, with seven students and the driver kept over 24 hours.

Wednesday update: At least one more student was released from the hospital today, but no update was posted by Magoffin County Schools today to verify the number of hospitalized students at this time.  

The Independent will continue to release information concerning the wreck and the status of the injured as that information becomes available.

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