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Iowa school district to pay millions for 2017 deadly crash

Riveside School District admits no wrongdoing in settlement
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Posted at 9:58 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 23:12:38-05

OAKLAND, Iowa — The parents of Megan Klindt will receive a payment of $4.8 million from the Riverside Community School District as a settlement for the lawsuit they filed following a fiery bus crash in December, 2017 that killed Megan and the bus driver, Donnie Hendricks. They were the only two people on board the bus when it ran down a ditch in front of the Klindt's home and caught fire.

The school district announced last month that they had reached a settlement to avoid a trial, but details of that settlement were not released until Thursday. The school district has admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.

The school district also released a list of actions it has either already taken or plans on taking to improve bus transportation safety in the school district.

The full details of the settlement and the document detailing the safety measures are below. The district says that items on the safety measures highlighted in yellow are actions that have already been implemented.

Settlement Agreement

Safety Plan