Dubai bus crash: Omani driver charged with ‘wrongful’ death of 17 passengers

If found guilty, the driver could face imprisonment for up to seven years, a fine, as well be obliged to pay Dhs3.4m in blood money



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The driver of the bus that crashed in Dubai earlier this month killing 17 passengers onboard has been charged with wrongfully causing their deaths, the Dubai Public prosecution announced on Wednesday.

The bus, with 31 passengers on board, was travelling from Muscat to Dubai, when it crashed into a height barrier on the road near the Al Rashidiya metro station on June 6.

Among those killed, 12 were Indian nationals, two were Pakistanis, one was an Omani national and one was an Irish national. Thirteen people were also injured.

The Dubai traffic prosecution has now referred the 53-year-old Omani driver to Dubai traffic court for the offence, it said.

“The prosecution shall seek to apply the penalties against the driver, in accordance with the federal laws in force,” it added.

According to local media reports, the driver was also found to be driving at 94kph – more than double the speed limit on that road. Officials said he also failed to pay attention to the traffic signs because of which he drove into the road which had a height constraint.

If found guilty, the driver could face imprisonment for up to seven years, a fine, as well be obliged to pay Dhs3.4m in blood money, the prosecution said.

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Dubai Traffic Prosecution orders to refer the 53-year-old Omani driver to Dubai Traffic Court after he was charged with causing the death of 17 passengers and injuring 13 persons with varying bodily injuries and damage due to the use of a vehicle and these are traffic offences. The prosecution shall seek to apply the penalties provided for in the law against the driver, in accordance with the federal laws in force – penalties, traffic and blood money- as the penalty is imprisonment up to seven years as well as fine, in addition to oblige him to pay a sum of three million and four hundred thousand dirhams to the heirs of the deceased as a result of the incident. #dubai #dxbpp #case

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The Omani operator of the bus, Mwasalat, said that an investigation would be conducted into the incident.