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Student, driver killed in Iowa school bus fire | KRVN Radio

Student, driver killed in Iowa school bus fire

Student, driver killed in Iowa school bus fire
Courtesy/AP. A burned school bus is transported by trailer near Oakland, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. A fire aboard the school bus has killed a student and the bus driver. Investigators say no one else was on the bus when it backed into a ditch and caught fire around 7 a.m. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Two people, a school bus driver and a student, were killed this morning when a school bus for the Riverside Community School district backed into a ditch and caught fire southeast of Oakland, Iowa.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department has identified the driver as 74-year-old Donnis Hendricks of Carson and the student as 16-year-old Megan Klindt, who lived at the farm where the bus fire took place.

It happened around 7 this morning. Officials say the driver was backing the bus out of the farm’s driveway when it ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of the road and caught on fire.

The superintendent of the Riverside District, Timothy Mitchell, issued a statement saying their hearts go out to their families and loved ones. An investigation into the accident is underway.

A-P Timeline:

11:45 a.m.
A western Iowa school district says grief counselors are available to help students and staff cope following a school bus fire that killed a student and the bus driver.
Investigators say no one else was on the bus when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. Tuesday southeast of Oakland, which is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Omaha, Nebraska.
The Riverside Community School District has about 700 students from the area. The district held classes Tuesday but also made counselors available.
The district has postponed basketball games scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Investigators say the bus caught fire after it backed out of a farm driveway and into a ditch across the road. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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10:15 a.m.
Authorities say a fire aboard an Iowa school bus has killed a student and the bus driver.
Investigators say no one else was on the bus when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. Tuesday southeast of Oakland, which is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Omaha, Nebraska.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Ambrose says the remains of the driver and a student were found after the fire was extinguished. The ages and names of the victims weren’t immediately released.
Ambrose says no one else was on the bus at the time.
The bus caught fire after it backed out of a farm driveway and into a ditch across the road. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The bus was from the Riverside Community School District.
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9:10 a.m.
Authorities say two people have died in a school bus fire in western Iowa.
Investigators say there may have been as many as 20 students on the bus when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. Tuesday. The bus was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
The ages and identities of the victims weren’t immediately released.
The bus was from the Riverside Community School District. It caught fire southeast of Oakland, which is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Omaha, Nebraska.
Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds tells the Omaha World Herald the remains of two people were found after the fire was extinguished.

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