Student, Bus Driver Killed in Western Iowa School Bus Fire

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa – A bus driver and a student were killed Tuesday morning in a school bus fire in western Iowa.

A 911 call came in shortly after 7:00 a.m. about a Riverside Community School bus that was on fire near 17840 480th Street, southeast of Oakland. Officials received additional calls that not everyone may have made it off of the bus.

When Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputies arrived they found the bus completely engulfed in flame. After the fire was contained by the Oakland and Carson fire departments, the remains of two people were found on the bus.

Officials say the bus was backing out of a driveway when it ended up in the ditch and caught fire. The source of the fire remains under investigation.

There was no one else on the bus at the time of the fire.

The names of the victims are expected to be released later Tuesday.