Muscat: An eight-year-old Sudanese boy died on Thursday morning after he was left alone in a locked bus for hours in Ruwi.
An official at the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance confirmed the incident, while Royal Oman Police (ROP) said that the boy was left behind in the bus since morning, and was found in a critical condition.
"He was transported to the hospital but he was declared dead on arrival," ROP said.
Police has advised all bus drivers to make sure that buses are empty when they drop off the children, to avoid similar incidents.
Meanwhile, Oman's national public transport company also put out a statement clarifying that the bus and its driver were not a part of their school bus fleet.