Iowa district to pay $4.8M to settle suit in school bus fire

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)

A girl died when the bus became stuck in a ditch, leading to a fire in the engine compartment that spread to the passenger compartment.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 10:43 AM

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa school district will pay $4.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of 16-year-old girl who died in a 2017 school bus fire that also killed the bus driver.

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Riverside Community School District reached the settlement this week with the family of Megan Klindt.

She died when the bus became stuck in a ditch, leading to a fire in the engine compartment that spread to the passenger compartment.

The fire also killed 74-year-old Donnie Hendricks.

An attorney for the school district had said Thursday that the settlement terms were confidential, but the Iowa Freedom of Information Council later released the details.

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