School Bus Accident in Magoffin County

School officials in Magoffin County said a school bus carrying about 20 students slid off an icy road and struck a tree.

Superintendent Joe Hunley said six students and the bus driver
were treated at a local hospital.

Four of the students and the driver were released. None of the
injuries was life-threatening, Trooper Ralph Lockard said.

Magoffin County schools were canceled later in the morning due
to weather.

Several school systems canceled classes because of the
threat of slick roads.

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  • by XAVIER Location: xavierf on May 31, 2008 at 07:26 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    Employee of MC: It is great the principal was at PB and prevented the students from leaving in bad weather. Had the students at JTA the same luxury several would not have been hurt. So, a radio was used to check on students? Would you want a surgeon to use video conferencing to determine the incision for an intern to make? Of course not! Is anyone blaming the part time principal for not being at JTA that day? Of course not. I would drive to the nearest location in a dangerous situation too! The board of ed is to blame for lack of full time leadership at JTA. Who is in charge at JTA when the principal is away? An aide? Or a cook perhaps? Who calls the shots? Who leads in time of distress? Who called the shots the morning the incident happened that caused broken bones and head injuries requiring an over night stay, regardless of what Hunley stated, ''all were checked and released.''As for you Salyersville commentators, go back to watching Orange Co. Housewives rereuns and eating bon-bons!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    No Child Left Behind? JTA children are being left behind and 'tolerated' at most until the new building is completed. Speaking of which, why is a school board with most members possessing a GED with a level of an associate's degree collectively amongst them making decisions of grave importance on financial and physical matters that are way out of their comprehension.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Jan 24, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    We need to remember that it does not matter what we do, accidents happen. Yes, they had school on a day when the weather was bad, but that doesn't necessarily mean these kids would have been any safer. We also have to remember that if some of these kids don't go to school, they don't get fed! While I am not defending the decision to have school, I have to believe that they had their reasons to have school, and had they known what would happen they most definitely would have cancelled classes.
  • by Employee of MC Location: Magoffin on Jan 24, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    There has been some talk around wondering if the principal was at JTA ( that is where the bus left from)or at the other school. Mr. Patrick was at the other school but if you was in any school in the county you would have heard him over the 2 way radio. He was the ONLY one to say to the middle school and high school that the students at PB would not be there because he was NOT letting the bus come over Mining Fork Hill with students on it. He was the ONLY on I heard on the radio saying that....Or anything about the buses not leaving the school.
  • by Homeschooling mom Location: Culver In on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    I am moving back to Salyersville when this school year is over. I will be homeschooling my 3 boys as there is no Christian school there for them. The school system has many faults and I for one will not leave it up to a Mr. Hunley, a Mr. Helton or anyone else for that matter to determine what is best for my kids. God gave them to me for me to take care of, not to put them in the care of people that I don't know.
  • by travis Location: salyersville on Jan 23, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    what is going on with the two kids that was not releast. Some Magoffin co. kids will not be at school tomorrow. To make a stand that the Magoffin school need to do what they can do to help those family's. MY son was abused by a school bus driver-teacher and ther was nothing done about that. He went back to school the next day like nothing happen and is stell driving a bus. Magoffin need to clean up there act. I'm going to get a attorney. i'm tried the way kids are treaded in this town
  • by brianne Location: gunlock on Jan 23, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    Our prayers are with all the families and our bus driver. I thank god that my family picked me and my brother up and got us home safely because we would have been on the bus also. It is easy to see how they wrecked we hit the same icy spot and almost wrecked ourselves. We wish all to get well soon and keep safe
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    ''Things happen'' -Mr Joe Hunley to a Reporter in a Televised Interview After the Accident
  • by concerned parent Location: Magoffin on Jan 23, 2008 at 01:00 PM
    To Lori in Magoffin,,I did not see anywhere in my comment that i downgraded teacher's.My son is in Kindergarten.i won't say what school,And he has the best teacher a parent could ever want for their child.But i am tired of the person/persons checking on just small areas of the county.It may not be bad in salyersville,,but on up rt 7 may be very bad,that is mother nature.But i am sure alot of parents will agree that they are tired of feeling it isn't safe for their children to be on the road,but yet getting letters stating the school board is taking you to court.And when the rodes are safe my child is in school,but Tuesday he was not and wasn't going to be,court or not.I am just saying that their needs to be more then one person checking the rodes,The board needs to appoint people all over the county to do road report's.


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