Seventeen people have been killed after a bus from Oman crashed in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai police have said. The death toll was announced in t
Seventeen people have been killed after a bus from Oman crashed in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai police have said.
The death toll was announced in tweets published early on Friday.
Police say the bus, carrying 31 tourists of different nationalities, had crashed into a sign on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
They did not elaborate on what caused the bus driver to hit the sign, but warned that ‘sometimes a minor error or negligence’ can be fatal.
Police at the site where seventeen people have been killed after a tourist bus from Oman crashed in the United Arab Emirates
The force said the dead included different nationalities. At least three others were injured in the crash.
On Twitter, Dubai Police said the driver, in his fifties, was being treated for moderate injuries at Rashid Hospital.
General Directorate of Dubai Police extended his condolences to the families of all those who died in a statement on Twitter.
Mwasalat, a government-owned bus company in Oman, said the crash involving its Muscat-to-Dubai route happened at 6pm local time on Thursday.
It said it would suspend the service for the immediate future.
While officials haven’t confirmed the cause of the crash, local media reported the driver had entered a road not designated for buses towards Al Rashidiya metro station.
In an image released by Dubai police, the roof of the left side of the bus was severely damaged while the right side was mostly intact.
The National reported that during questioning the driver said he had not seen the warning sign because he had a small curtain on his windshield to protect his eyes from the sun.
Gulf News are reporting that twelve Indians have been identified among the dead in the crash that killed a total of 17.
Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul confirmed the dead with the media outlet on Friday morning.
He said he’d been to the hospital and police station and the consulate was working with Dubai Police to help the victims’ families with repatriation procedures.
‘We have been in touch with the families, police and hospital. Our officers will be available on the numbers that we tweeted. One person will be at the Rashidiya Police station and another one in the mortuary to assist the families.’
The Consulate General of India released the names of nine of those who died.
‘The names of those who have passed away are: Mr. Rajagopalan, Mr. Feroz Khan Pathan, Mrs. Reshma Feroz Khan Pathan, Mr. Deepak Kumar, Mr. Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, Mr. Kiran Johnny, Mr. Vasudev, Mr. Tilakram Jawahar Thakur.’