FAIRPLAIN TOWNSHIP — Five Greenville Public Schools students were transported to a hospital with minor injuries when a school bus tipped onto its side after losing control on an icy gravel road this morning.
According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the injuries were mostly bumps and bruises. Some students were treated at the scene, while five students were transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.
A total of 19 students were on the bus, which was traveling north on Grow Road near County Line Road. The bus hit a patch of ice, slid sideways and tipped onto its side around 6:45 a.m.
Speed was not believed to be a factor and troopers said the accident was unavoidable due to road conditions.
The driver, a 25-year-old male in his third year as a bus driver, immediately evacuated the middle school and high school students through the rear door of the bus.
“He handled it very well. He got them out and did the evacuation,” said Greenville Director of Transportation Kathy Bresnahan. “I’m so glad we practice those things. I’m so proud of him, he did a great job.”
Students who were not injured were transported by Bresnahan, who was on scene, to another bus nearby and taken to school.
Bresnahan said she did not know how much damage the bus sustained.
Troopers on scene were assisted by Montcalm Emergency Medical Services and Sheridan Fire and Rescue.