School bus driver cited after crashing into laundromat

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There is more about a school bus crash that damaged an area laundromat Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said the Sioux City school bus driver was distracted by a cell phone at the time of the crash.

The Sioux City Police Department told KCAU 9 that the bus driver, James Fields, 62, was cited for failure to maintain control and using an electronic device while driving. 

Authorities say he was distracted by his phone before leaving the roadway and striking a laundromat on Floyd Boulevard around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. That crash caused an estimated $8,000 worth of damage to the bus and another $15,000 in damages to the building. 

When asked about the driver, the Sioux City Community School District said in a statement that the incident is still under investigation. Read their full statement below: 

The Sioux City Community School District is committed to doing all we can to best ensure the safety of students and staff members. In order to meet our safety standards, SCCSD bus drivers are required to go through 17 hours of DOT training upon certification. This training reviews all bus driving regulations, and requires an annual 3 hour refresher course each year. In addition to DOT requirements, the SCCSD transportation department holds an annual large group meeting, and monthly safety committee meetings, to ensure staff are aware of District Board policies they are expected to know and follow. This specific incident is still under investigation, but will be handled according to District policy.

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