A four-year-old boy has died after being locked inside a school bus for more than five hours, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has confirmed.
The ROP said the Omani boy, who was in kindergarten, was left on the bus in Mabella last Thursday (October 27) after falling asleep.
“The driver forgot to drop the boy at the school,” an ROP spokesman told local press. “He found the boy later only.”
The boy was unconscious when found by the bus driver and was rushed to a nearby health centre, then transferred to Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, where he died on Sunday (October 30) from heat exhaustion and asphyxiation.
According to Gulf News, the child started attending the kindergarten in September. “Such tragedy has happened for the first time in the school,” Gulf News quoted an unnamed school official as saying.
The ROP has arrested the bus driver for negligence.
In September last year, a four-year-old girl died after being left on a bus in Bid Bid, while two other children died in similar circumstances in 2014.
Meanwhile, the youngster’s death has gone viral on social media, with many questioning safety procedures on school buses.