A fourth pupil from Indian School Nizwa on the bus that crashed returning from a field trip has died in hospital.
Jaden Jaison [pictured below] had been fighting for his life since the accident on January 28, but never regained consciousness from terrible head injuries and passed away in Nizwa Hospital last week.
“He was a loveable and playful child. He was good not only in his studies, but also in extracurricular activities, especially sports, and we find it hard to admit that he is no more,” said a friend of the family.
Jaden’s parents, who kept a vigil by his bedside, took their son’s body back to India, where they remain.
His death means seven people have now lost their lives in the tragedy, in which the school bus filled with 34 Class II students returning from a picnic outing to Bahla collided with a truck carrying frozen fish. The bus flipped over on impact and rolled several times.
Pupils Siya Sabu, Mohammed Shammas and Ruya, aged seven and eight, died from their injuries, along with teacher Deepali Sandip Seth. Both the Omani bus and truck drivers were also killed at the scene.
Parents of the Indian School Nizwa are still waiting for answers as to what happened on the day of the accident amid claims that basic safety checks were not carried out and the bus driver was too old.
An internal investigation into the crash by the Indian School Board, which oversees all Indian schools in Oman, is ongoing.