There were no students on the school bus, said Deputy Tim Smith of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
The bus was stopped at the stop sign on 168th Avenue at Ferris Street, when the Chevrolet Trailblazer struck it just before 11 a.m., Smith said.
“The driver came up from behind. She looked down to get something out of her purse, looked up and hit the bus,” Smith said.
The 35-year-old Grand Haven was ticketed for failure to stop in an assured clear distance ahead, Smith said.
Her vehicle was taken away from the scene on a flatbed trailer.
The bus had minimal damage – a bent tailpipe – and was allowed to leave the scene.
Smith said both vehicles were headed to Grand Haven High School to pick up students who had only a half-day of school today because of exams.