A FOUR-year-old girl has died after being accidentally locked in her sweltering nursery school bus in 50C heat.
Flora Inez was trapped on the bus for over seven hours after the driver failed to check that everyone had got off.
The tot was collected from her home and taken to the nursery school in Tomajmonostora, Hungary, on Tuesday morning.
But after parking, the driver allegedly locked the doors and left her on the bus.
She battled to free herself and desperately called for help, but succumbed to the sweltering heat as temperatures inside the vehicle reached 50C.
The young girl was unconscious but still alive when she was eventually found at 3pm.
Paramedics airlifted her to a nearby hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Suffering from heatstroke, Flora was rushed to intensive car as she bravely fought for her life for three days before tragically passing away.
Paediatrician Dr. Orsolya Ács told Hungarian outlet Bors: “More than likely, her body became so hot that she dried up because she sweated and exhaled all the water from her body.
“She was unable to correct the elevated body temperature, although the body always tries to cool itself in the beginning of similar cases.”
The bus driver, who has been identified only as 56-year-old Istvan T, is now allegedly receiving psychological treatment at a facility in nearby Szolnok.
Local reports suggest he suffered a nervous breakdown following the incident.
The driver’s son told Bors: “My father was very worn out by what happened.
“I was specifically asked not to tell anyone until the investigations were closed, but I don’t have enough information about the terrible case anyway.”
The police have since opened a criminal case as cops determine the events leading to the girl’s death.
Meanwhile, the municipality, which employs the bus driver, has also launched an internal investigation.