UPDATE: Sioux City school bus driver cited for laundromat crash

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A bus driver for Sioux City Community Schools has been issued two citations after crashing a school bus into a laundromat Wednesday.

Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, 62-year-old James Fields, was driving north on Floyd Boulevard when he cut across the southbound lanes of Floyd Boulevard and ran into the laundromat.

No students were on the bus at the time of the incident.

Fields indicated he was checking the time on his phone when he fell out of his seat, lost control, and ran into the building.

Video from the bus showed Fields allegedly looking down at his phone several times before the incident, and the hospital did note he was wearing a watch on his wrist.

Fields has been issued a citation for failure to maintain control and a citation for using an electronic device while driving.

There was an estimated $8,000 of damage done to the school bus and $15,000 of damage done to the laundromat.

The laundromat is expected to be up and running again soon.


A school bus crashes into a small laundromat on Floyd Boulevard in Sioux City on Wednesday Afternoon.

Sioux City Police say around 2 p.m., the bus was northbound on Floyd Boulevard.

Officers say the driver was coming around a corner on 27th Street, drove onto the grass, and crashed into the laundromat.

No one was inside the laundromat, and no children were on the bus.

The driver was taken to UnityPoint Health at St. Luke’s for observation.

“We got the call and as we’re driving, we’re thinking is there going to be smoke? Is there going to be injuries so we didn’t have anyone scheduled and there weren’t any customers inside so we’re glad that no one had major injuries for sure,” says Amanda Beller, Owner of Express Laundry.

The laundromat is expected to be up and running again soon.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Danielle Saitta

Danielle Saitta

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