The school bus drove into a parked truck on the Qurum heights road heading in towards Darsait around 7:30am today. According to a spokesman from the Pakistan Social Club (reported by Muscat Daily), there were 36 students in the bus and presumably just 1 adult driver, for a total of 37 people inside the bus. Slightly different numbers from PACDA Oman's twitter feed state 4 people dead and a total of 38 - 37 of which were children. The bus was headed to the Pakistan School Muscat which is located in Darsait.
There was a call for blood donations, but the hospital now has adequate supplies. For those that died, I hope it was quick, and that their friends and families can move on from this tragic accident.
The bus, a school bus, drove into a parked truck. I wonder if the driver was distracted - there are rumours of witnesses that said the driver (who is ok and survived this) was on his phone at the time of the accident? How exactly do you hit a parked truck when you have 2 lanes of traffic and a hard shoulder to drive on? Has anyone questioned why there were 38 passengers in the bus? I don't know 100% but from the pictures I think it's a Mitsubishi Fuso bus, which has a maximum capacity of 25 (source). The max capacity would change a little here and there depending on bus make (the Toyota coaster is less, and I don't know about the Chinese ones).
So, why was the Pakistan School Muscat cramming too many students into a bus not designed to handle so many passengers? Would any of the fatalities (3 or 4, I still don't know) have been avoided or at the very least reduced if the bus was not over-crowded?
I hope this case is fully investigated and stricter rules and regulations around school buses comes of it, don't let those children's lives have been snubbed out in vain.