Family of student killed in western Iowa bus fire reaches settlement with school district
The family of a western Iowa student who died in a school bus fire in 2017 has reached a settlement with the Riverside Community School District.
In Dec. 2017, 16-year-old Megan Klindt was the lone student on a bus when it got stuck in a ditch before it caught fire in Pottawattamie County.
A report from the NTSB found the driver, 74-year-old Donald Hendricks, had a back condition that impaired his ability to get them off the bus.
Klindt and Hendricks died in the fire. The Klindt family sued, accusing the school district of the wrongful death lawsuit of negligent hiring, training and supervision of Hendricks. The Klindts also said their daughter's death caused them severe emotional distress. The lawsuit also claimed Megan had complained about Hendricks' driving before the fire.
In a statement, Klindt's family says the terms of the settlement are confidential. They also said they're taking some small comfort in bringing important safety issues to light and seeing new safety standards adopted by the NTSB.
The full statement is below: