A school bus lies on its side after an accident Friday afternoon on Sinking Creek Road. There were no children in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The dreaded report of a “Code Yellow” broke over scanners Friday afternoon, signaling a school bus accident with entrapment.

A special-needs bus turned on its side on Sinking Creek Road around 4:20 p.m., sending the driver Joyce Jackson and bus monitor Betty Smith to Saint Joseph-London.

No children were inside the bus at the time.

“We’re thankful no students were on board,” Laurel County Superintendent David Young said. “Apparently, the injuries are very minor.”

Saint Joseph-London spokeswoman Sharon Hershberger reported both women were listed in stable condition Friday evening.

Jackson, who has been driving a bus for more than 12 years, had apparently just dropped off two children before the accident took place.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Charles Garland said Jackson was driving north on Sinking Creek when she lost control of the bus.

“She shifted off the roadway to the right,” he said. “When she attempted to bring it back on the road, she overcorrected resulting in the bus crossing the ditch and striking an embankment.”

The bus then crashed on its side.

Garland said Jackson and Smith were taken out of the bus by first responders.

Garland was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police, Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and Swiss Colony Fire Department.

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