Report: Montana bus with 40 aboard flips on side

June 17, 2011 - 7:44 PM

DEVON, Mont. (AP) — A school bus carrying about 40 people returning from a church camp flipped on its side on a rural highway in northern Montana on Friday, injuring several students, none of them seriously, authorities said.

The bus was carrying students from Hungry Horse, Mont., to Harlem, Mont., when the accident occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Highway 2 near Devon, Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Joel Knutsen said. There were no life-threatening injuries, Knutsen said.

Radio station KSEN-AM in Shelby reported injured students were taken to medical centers in Shelby and Chester. Clothing and luggage could be seen along one side of the bus, which blocked the highway, the station said.

It wasn't immediately known what church group was involved. Knutsen said he didn't know which district the school bus belonged to.

Knutsen said the bus driver apparently overcorrected twice after a wind gust pushed the bus to the edge of the highway, causing it to flip over.

Crews were awaiting a tow truck to lift the bus and reopen the highway, Knutsen said.

Devon is about 15 miles east of Shelby and 130 miles north of Helena.