Policeman warns school bus drivers about iPods, cellphones

A Calgary police officer who responded to a fatal crash between a school bus and parked gravel truck says bus drivers shouldn’t have access to iPods or cellphones.

CALGARY — A Calgary police officer who responded to a fatal crash between a school bus and parked gravel truck says bus drivers shouldn’t have access to iPods or cellphones.

Const. Robert Pughe recommended the safety measures at the first day of a fatality inquiry into the death of nine-year-old Kathelynn Occena in October 2007.

Pughe says bus driver Louise Rogers suggested she was listening to her iPod and may have fallen asleep before the crash.

The right side of the bus was sheared off before the bus slammed into a light standard.

Rogers pleaded guilty in 2008 to careless driving and was fined $2,300.

A fatality inquiry looks at ways to prevent future deaths but cannot lay blame.