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UPDATE: Vehicle hits Dubuque school bus, none on board injured

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It wasn't a smooth ride for some students on a Dubuque school bus early Monday morning.

A Dubuque Community School District bus with 18 students on board was headed down Rockdale Road, when a driver struck it.

"Obviously in this case, the driver did nothing wrong, they were proceeding on a route and unfortunately we had someone back out of their drive way and did not see the bus,"  said Kris Hall, transportation manager of the Dubuque Community School District. 

Accidents like this are a reminder drivers should be cautious around school busses.

"The most dangerous part of driving a school bus is at the stops, so when out drivers are coming to a stop to pick up students, or dropping them off, that is the most dangerous part," added Hall. 

With the school year just kicked off, Hall shared some safety tips. "We always emphasize to avoid the danger zone, the 10 ft. around the bus."

Drivers should also pay attention to the busses lights.  "You cannot pass a stopped school bus with their amber lights on or their red lights from behind -- you can pass a school bus from the front if it has their ambers on and is coming to a stop," Hall said.

Finally, drivers should stop no less than 15 ft. from a bus.

Tuesday, during Gov. Kim Reynolds' weekly news conference, she along with the Iowa Department of Transportation also warned people to be safe while driving alongside busses full of children.

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A school bus with 18 students was hit Monday morning on Rockdale Road, but none were injured, a Dubuque Community School District official said.

Mike Cyze tells KWWL it happened around 7 a.m. Monday.

A vehicle was pulling out of a driveway and hit the bus. 

Cyze says 18 students were on board, but none were injured. Another bus was dispatched to complete the route.

The bus sustained $3,000 in damage, and the car sustained $4,000 in damage, according to the accident report. 

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with a possible head injury, the report shows.

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