Mwasalat, a government-owned bus company in Oman had an accident on Thursday evening at 6 pm. The Mwasalat vehicle was transporting people between Dubai and Muscat- was travelling along Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed road. Eight Indians were amongst at least 17 people who died in a bus accident. The bus from Oman crashed into a road sign in the United Arab Emirates, the Indian consulate in Dubai said on Friday. Initially, the consulate put the number of Indians who died in the crash were six on Thursday evening but updated the toll later. The total number of passengers on the bus were 31 and out of which 17 people had died and nine others were severely injured.
The investigation revealed that the Oman bus driver is in his fifties who did not pay attention and took a wrong lane which was not designated for buses. The investigators said that the bus driver failed to spot several warning signs, a road bump and a height restriction chain, which alerts drivers that their vehicle is over the permitted height. Seeing the maximum height sign that protrudes over the road, the driver tried to avoid crashing into it, causing the board to cut through the roof of the left side of the bus.
During the questioning from the driver who sustained moderate injuries, said that he had not seen the warning sign because he had installed a small curtain on his windshield to protect his eyes from the sun. The investigation has revealed that the impact of the accident indicates that the driver was exceeding the speed limit of 40kph on that road. Police officials said that 15 passengers died at the spot while five others, including the Omani driver, were taken to the “Rashid Hospital” who was injured in the accident.
The consulate said on twitter, “We are sorry to inform that as per local authorities and relatives, it is so far confirmed that 8 Indians have passed away in Oman-Dubai bus accident.” Consulate is in touch with the relatives of some of the deceased and awaits for further details for others to inform their families.
The dead include Rajagopalan, Feroz Khan Pathan, Reshma Feroz Khan Pathan, Deepak Kumar, Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, Kiran Jhonny, Vasudev and Tilakram Jawahar Thakur. 4 Indians were discharged after first aid, and three are receiving treatment in Rashid Hospital. According to the agencies, the bus company has said it will suspend the service for the immediate future.