Friday 7 June 2019 8:20 AM UTC
DUBAI June 7: Seventeen people were killed and some were seriously injured in a road crash involving a tourist bus on Mohammad Bin Zayed road in Dubai. Six Keralites were among the ten Indians killed in the accident.
Four of the Keralites have been identified. Deepak Kumar of Thiruvananthapuram, Jamaludeen of Thrissur, Vasudevan and Thilakan were identified.
The bus which met with the accident was coming to Dubai from Muscat. The bus with Oman number plate crashed into a signboard at Al Rashidiya exit. The incident happened Thursday evening at 5.40 pm at Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road.
Reports say those in the bus from Oman was returning after celebrating Eid. The injured have been admitted at Rashid Hospital.
According to the Dubai Police, the bus was travelling from Oman to Dubai with 31 passengers when it crashed into a sign board on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at around 5:40 PM.
The image tweeted by the Dubai police shows the roof of the left side of the bus to be severely damaged. The police, however, did not mention what led the driver to crash into the traffic sign.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai released the names of those who died in the crash – Rajagopalan, Feroz Khan Pathan, Reshma Feroz Khan Pathan, Deepak Kumar, Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, Kiran Johnny, Vasudev and Tilakram Jawahar Thakur.
It also expressed condolences and tweeted helpline numbers to extend support to the families of those who died in the crash:
The bus company Mwasalat, owned by Oman government, cancelled its trips on Muscat-Dubai route till further notice.
In its statement, the bus company said, “Mwasalat has paid great attention to the incident immediately on receipt of the news and has been in direct contact with the competent authorities in Dubai to look into the incident.”
Dubai Police Chief Abdullah Al Marri called on drivers to always be alert while driving.
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