It never should have happened.
Riverside Superintendent Timothy Mitchell did not immediately respond to a request for an interview Monday. It was around 7 a.
Flames were spreading fast. The driver asked them to get a hammer and try to break windows.
She was finally able to puncture a hole in one window, but smoke poured out of the tiny hole, an emotional Natalie Klindt recalled.
The raging fire soon engulfed the bus, and the heat was too much for them to withstand, forcing them to move away. Natalie and Michelle Klindt, both in hysterics and sobbing, told Hendricks there was nothing they could do.
Fearful of an explosion, they backed away and watched in horror. Emergency responders later found Megan's body on the school bus floor next to Hendricks.
Both were dead. And they believe that students were not adequately instructed on how to exit the bus in case of an emergency.
Iowa in January notified investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board about possible reporting improprieties after discovering Riverside school odl had updated an inspection report more than a week after the fire.
An Iowa girl's family couldn't save her from a school bus fire. They say the driver shouldn't have been behind the wheel.
Jason Clayworth jclayworth dmreg. Megan was killed in a school bus fire outside their home in December.
Megan Klindt, 16, died in a school bus fire Dec. Her family contends year-old Riverside School District driver Donald Hendricks had physical conditions that should have prevented him from driving the vehicle.
Hendricks also died in the fire. A school bus from the Riverside Community School District is towed away from the scene of a fatal bus fire on Tuesday, Dec.
The bus caught fire early Tuesday morning killing the driver and one passenger.