The overturned bus lies at the accident site in Dubai.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Ten people were injured in a traffic accident when a bus driver dozed off and crashed into a metal barrier causing the vehicle to flip over on Umm Suqeim Road in Dubai on Thursday morning.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, Director of the General Department of Traffic Police, explained that at around 6:00 AM this morning, the Command and Control Centre at Dubai Police received an emergency call reporting an accident involving a 32-passenger bus on Umm Suqeim road after the Zayed bin Hamadan Al Nahyan roundabout towards Sheikh Zayed road.
“Traffic patrols and first responders were immediately dispatched to the accident site where they facilitated the arrival of the ambulance and other emergency teams and assisted the transfer of the severely injured to a hospital for necessary treatment,” Al Mazrouei said.
Al Mazrouei said traffic investigators attributed the cause of the accident to the driver's lack of sleep.
“The driver dozed off and lost control of the bus and rammed into a metal barrier on the right side of the road.” “The collusion impact caused the bus to skid back to the left side and flip over," he continued.
The director of Dubai Traffic Police urged companies to communicate with their drivers and ensure they understand the importance of having plenty of rest before transporting workers or going on any journey.
“The bus driver obviously hadn’t got adequate rest or sleep, so he nearly caused the death of many people,” Al Mazrouei explained.
He warned that deaths and injuries accidents caused by means of mass transport constitute a large percentage of the total number of road deaths recorded in the emirate.
The model was the only victim whose body was not transferred to her home country India for cremation in view of her severe injuries.
Rashid Hospital doctors provided high quality treatment for the 17 patients who were injured as a result of a car accident involving a school bus that took place on Monday in Dubai.
“The first accident occurred on an internal road in Al Quoz Industrial Area in front of the Emirates Driving Institute, when a light vehicle collided with an e-scooter rider who was riding in an undesignated zone,” Al Mazrouei said. He noted that the biker was seriously injured and was taken to hospital for treatment.
"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 CGI Dubai said in a tweet.
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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is holding diverse events during Ramadan in line with its customary practice during the Holy month.
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