School Bus bursts into flames, killing the student and the driver in Iowa

Investigators work the scene of a school bus fire that killed two people on Dec. 12.


A school bus driver and a student were killed early Tuesday when a school bus caught fire in western Iowa, the officials said.

The incident took place around 7 pm after the bus backed out of a farm driveway and ended up in a ditch in Oakland, located 35 miles east of Omaha, Neb.

The homeowner, also the parent of the child, 911 and said that the bus was in flames before the fire brigade arrived, KETV reported.

The remains of two people were found in the bus after the fire was extinguished, Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told the Omaha World-Herald.


Authorities the director as Donnie Hendricks, 74, and the student as Megan Klindt, 16, who lived on the farm, according to the newspaper.

The first reports about the fire indicated as many as 20 people may have been on the bus at the time of the accident, but the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Ambrose said to the Associated Press only the student and the driver on the bus when it caught fire.

The bus was from the Riverside Community School District made grief counselors available Tuesday to help students and employees cope with the incident.

The district has about 700 students, held classes on Tuesday, but postponed basketball games scheduled for later in the day.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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