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Fatal Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Fire Subject of Board Meeting
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 Fatal Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Fire Subject of Board Meeting

​WASHINGTON (May 15, 2019) – The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday its intention to hold a board meeting June 18, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EDT), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Dec. 12, 2017, Oakland, Iowa, school bus fire.

The crash occurred when a school bus driver turned from a rural gravel road onto a residential driveway for student pickup. After the student boarded the bus, the driver reversed out of the driveway and backed across the road continuing until the bus’s rear wheels ran off the road. The bus came to rest with its rear half in a 3-foot-deep ditch next to the road. While the driver attempted to drive the bus out of the ditch, a fire began in the engine compartment and spread throughout the school bus. The driver and the only passenger – a 16-year-old student – died when they did not egress from the burning bus.

The public docket for this investigation is available from the NTSB website at

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT:  An open to the public board meeting.

WHERE:  NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th St., SW, Washington, DC.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EDT). 

HOW: Media covering the meeting in person are asked to be in place no later than 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event.  The public meeting will also be webcast.  A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

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Contact: NTSB Media Relations
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Keith Holloway
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