(Updated story) Iowa district to pay $4.8M to settle suit in school bus fire


February 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — In an update to our story January 25th on KJAN, the Iowa Freedom of Information Council has released more information about a settlement reached between the Riverside School District in western Iowa, and the family of a 16-year old girl who died in a 2017 school bus fire. The settlement figures, which had previously NOT been disclosed, show the  school district will pay $4.8 million to the family of Megan Klindt.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, a burned school bus is transported by trailer near Oakland, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Megan, and the school bus driver, 74-year old Donnie Hendricks, died after the bus became stuck in a ditch, leading to a fire in the engine compartment that spread to the passenger compartment.