Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Fire

​The National Transportation Safety Board held a board meeting on 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 https://go.usa.gov/xmVnE

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). 


Watch the Board Meeting on NTSB's YouTube channel


Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Investigator-in-charge presentation - Pete Kotowski, IIC

School Bus Driver Fitness for Duty  - Dennis Collins- Dennis Collins

Survival Factors - Sheryl Harley

School Bus Fire Protection - Brian Bragonier

Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt



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