At least 17 people were killed including eight Indians when a bus from Oman crashed into a road sign in the United Arab Emirates, informed by the Indian consulate in Dubai on Friday.
The consulate had initially put the number of dead at six in the accident which took place on Thursday evening but updated the toll later.
The consulate in a tweet said, “We are sorry to inform that as per local authorities and relatives it is so far confirmed that eight Indians have passed away in Dubai bus accident. Consulate is in touch with relatives of some of the deceased and awaits further details for others to inform their families.”
The Consulate in his tweet said that the eight Indians killed in the accident are Rajagopalan, Feroz Khan Pathan, Reshma Feroz Khan Pathan, Deepak Kumar, Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, Kiran Johny, Vasudev and Tilakram Jawahar Thakur. He also said that four Indians were discharged after first aid and three are receiving treatment in Rashid hospital.
Dubai police in a tweet on Friday announced the death toll in the accident.
According to reports, Mwasalat, a government-owned bus company in Oman, said that the crash involving its Muscat-to-Dubai route happened at 6pm on Thursday on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
Reports also say that the bus company would suspend its service for the immediate future.