VANCEBURG -- Injuries were averted in a Thursday morning bus accident in Lewis County.

According to Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Sparks, 24 students of several grade levels were on the bus while it was being driven on Kentucky 59, "about two miles south of Vanceburg at about 7:15 a.m."

"It apparently went off the right edge of the road and the driver was unable to correct. It followed the ditchline until it came to a stop," Sparks said. "There were no injuries reported."

No other vehicles were involved, Sparks said.

The driver, identified by police as Chris Johnson, will undergo a mandatory substance screening, but that is a standard procedure in any incident a bus driver is involved in, said Nick Adams, Lewis County Schools Director of District Services.

According to the bus route posted on the LCSD website, Johnson's route is the Laurel Route which services students in the Laurel Creek and Tar Fork areas.

Students were transferred to another bus and taken to their respective schools, where they were checked by the school nurse, Adams said.

"Thankfully everyone was fine," Adams said.

Lewis County School System serves approximately 2,400 students in preschool through 12th grade, officials said.

According to a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet map, Kentucky 59 is a state maintained road which connects southeastern Lewis County to the Vanceburg area.

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