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UPDATE: Victims in Pottawattamie County bus fire identified

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UPDATE: Authorities have identified the student and bus driver who died after a school bus caught fire in western Iowa.

The fire happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday at a farm southeast of Oakland, which is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Omaha, Nebraska.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office says the bus driver was 74-year-old Donnie Hendricks of Carson, Iowa. The student who died was 16-year-old Megan Klindt.

The bus had just picked up Klindt at the farm before it backed across the road and into a ditch. Investigators say the bus was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

Klindt and Hendricks were the only people on the bus at the time of the fire.

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UPDATE:  The Riverside Community School District posted the following message on Facebook after a deadly school bus fire.

"This morning, the Riverside Community School District suffered a tragedy when we lost a student and an employee in a school bus accident. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. The investigation into the cause of the accident is underway, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as they do their work. The safety of students and staff is the top priority for the District.

School is in session and a Crisis Team from the Green Hills Area Education Agency along with area school counselors and many community volunteers have been deployed to all our buildings to assist students and staff. All after school activities for today have been canceled and will be rescheduled.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Department is handling the scene and will update the media later today. We will release more information as it becomes available to us.

Dr. Timothy Mitchell

Superintendent

Riverside Community School District"

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OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) - The Latest on a fatal school bus fire in western Iowa (all times local):

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.

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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