The bus hit the tree that was laying across Scenic Driver near Winston Road at about 8 a.m. Deputies with the Oceana County Sheriff's Office said that the driver was not able to see the tree due to white out conditions.
The bus was badly damaged, but the driver and six passengers on board were not hurt.
Another bus from Montague took the students to school. The driver is not being cited for the crash.
The district sent out this message to parents:
This is Montague Area Public Schools Superintendent Nathan Robrahn. Early this morning one of our buses encountered a downed tree in Claybanks Township. Due to the snowy conditions and slippery road, the bus was unable to stop and ran into the tree. Fortunately, the driver and the six elementary students on board are all fine. They required no medical treatment. A second bus brought them to the school. We are thankful that they arrived safely and are enjoying the day with their teachers and friends. Our staff members have talked personally with the parents of each of these students. If you have any questions, please contact our office. Thank you.