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Bus transportation company charged over student’s death

Oman
GDN Online Desk


Muscat - The Ministry of Education announced a string of measures following the death of a Sudanese student who was forgotten inside a school bus last Thursday in the region of Ruwi.

It terminated the contract of the firm and referred the case to the Public Prosecution for legal action to be taken, including a copy of the contract which was signed with the bus owner, stipulating the driver’s responsibility towards the safety of the students in the bus, based on official circulars.

The 8-year old child died from suffocation and exhaustion after he was left alone locked in a school bus in sweltering heat for more than two hours in Ruwi on Thursday.

The victim was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) said.

This is not the first case where a child left unattended to in a school bus died in the country.

In 2016, a four-year-old Omani boy died after he was left alone in a locked bus for more than five hours in Mabela.

In September 2015, a four-year-old girl, who was allegedly left unattended to in a school bus, died of suffocation in Bidbid province.

In 2014, two children died after being locked in kindergarten bus in Darsait.

Mwasalat, the Oman National Transport Company, tweeted that the bus did not belong to its fleet.

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