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UPDATE: Deputies release identities of student, bus driver killed in bus fire

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UPDATE: (12/22/2017)

The autopsies of a bus driver and a student killed in a bus fire last week in Southwest Iowa have determined both died in the fire not the crash before it.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner ruled that 16-year-old Megan Klindt and 74-year-old Donnie Hendricks died from smoke and soot inhalation and thermal injuries, not from injuries sustained in a crash.

It's still not clear what exactly caused that bus to burst into flames after it backed into a ditch near Klindt's family farm on December 12th.


UPDATE: (FOX 42 KPTM)

Deputies have released the identities of the two people killed in a bus fire Tuesday morning in rural Pottawattamie County.

Deputies say Donald Hendricks, 74, from Carson, Iowa was driving the bus. Megan Klindt, 16, was a student and lived in rural Pottawattamie County.

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 east of Omaha, Nebraska.


UPDATE:

(AP) 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.


(AP) — Authorities say two people died in a school bus fire in western Iowa Tuesday morning.

The fire on the bus was reported shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday southeast of Oakland, Iowa.

There may have been as many as 20 students on the bus when the fire was reported. The bus was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

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

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