A FOUR-year-old girl has died after being accidentally locked inside her sweltering kindergarten bus in 50C heat.
Flora Inez was trapped on the bus for over seven hours after the driver failed to check everyone had got off.
The tot was picked up from home on Tuesday morning and taken to the kindergarten in Tomajmonostora, Hungary.
But after parking, the driver reportedly locked the doors and left them on the bus.
She struggled to free herself and desperately called for help, but succumbed to the sweltering heat when temperatures inside the vehicle reached 50C.
The young girl was unconscious but still alive when she was finally found at 3pm.
Rescue workers took her to a nearby hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Flora suffered from heat stroke and was placed in an intensive care car as she fought valiantly for her life for three days before tragically passing away.
The pediatrician Dr. Orsolya Ács told Hungarian outlet Bors: “Most likely her body got so hot that she became dehydrated because she was sweating and exhaling all the water from her body.
“She couldn’t correct the increased body temperature, although in similar cases the body always tries to cool down initially.”
The bus driver, identified only as 56-year-old Istvan T, is said to be receiving psychological treatment at a facility in nearby Szolnok.
Local reports suggest he suffered a nervous breakdown after the incident.
The driver’s son told Bors: “My father was very exhausted by what happened.
“I was specifically asked not to tell anyone until the investigation was complete, but I don’t have enough information about the horrific case anyway.”
Police have since opened a criminal case while officers investigate the events leading up to the girl’s death.
In the meantime, the municipality that employs the bus driver has also launched an internal investigation.
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