Wednesday 26 June 2019

Irish citizen reported among 17 killed in Dubai bus crash

The bus drove into a low-clearance sign in the Rashidiya neighbourhood.

(Dubai Police HQ via AP)
(Dubai Police HQ via AP)

By Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

A bus from Oman carrying foreigners from Europe and Asia has smashed into a warning sign coming off a major highway in Dubai, killing 17 people including an Irish citizen, authorities said.

The bus drove into a low-clearance sign in the Rashidiya neighbourhood.

The sign, which hangs over a car-only slip road of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, smashed through the driver’s side of the bus.

Mwasalat, a government-owned bus company in Oman, said the crash involved a bus on its Muscat-to-Dubai route.

It identified the dead as 11 Indians, two Pakistanis, one Irish citizen and an Omani, with two others not immediately identified.

Indian consular officials said at least 12 Indians were killed.

The Irish embassy in Abu Dhabi said it was aware of reports of the death and was providing consular assistance.

Among the 31 people on board were also citizens of Bangladesh, Germany and the Philippines, the bus company said in a statement.

It added that seven passengers remained in hospital, with one in critical condition. Eight others have been discharged.

Mwasalat said it would suspend its service to Dubai for the immediate future. It added it was co-operating with investigators in Dubai looking into what caused the crash.

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