Dubai bus crash: death toll rises to 17

The maximum-height sign a Dubai to Muscat bus crashed in to killing 17

An Omani bus company has said an Irish person is believed to be among 17 people killed in a bus crash in Dubai, which occurred yesterday.

Reports said that Mwasalat, a government-owned bus company in Oman, said the crash involving its Muscat-to-Dubai route happened at 6pm on Thursday on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

The Indian consulate named the deceased as: 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.

The Indian Consulate expressed condolences to the families of those who passed away in this tragic accident.

"Deeply grieved by the unfortunate bus accident in Dubai that has claimed 12 Indian lives".

The Dubai Police GHQ has offered honest condolences and sympathy to the families of the deceased in the unfortunate accident of the transport bus after it hit the dashboard on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, which killed 17 passengers.

"Thus action has been taken after coordination with the Road and Transport Authority in Dubai".

Dubai police said an investigation into the incident was underway and tweeted its "sincere condolences" to the families of those killed. After the horrifying accident, all to-and-from Mwasalat bus services between Muscat and Dubai have been suspended until further orders. "CG along with other officials and community members met the concerned relatives as well as hospital and police authorities late in the night to assure of all help", added the Consulate General of India, Dubai.

The injured were taken to Rashid Hospital.

The tourists bus was carrying 31 passengers of different nationalities and crashed in to the signboard at Al Rashidiya exit at 5.40 p.m. on Thursday.



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