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A 53-year-old Omani driver has been handed a seven-year sentence after the fatal bus crash in Dubai that claimed 17 lives.

17 dead and 13 injured after Dubai bus crash

A bus from Oman heading to Dubai ploughed into an overhead road barrier last month. The barrier ripped through the top half of the bus, killing 17 people and injuring 13. The driver has been slapped with charges, including a Dhs 50,000 fine, AED 3.4 million in blood money and his driver’s license is suspended for a year.

Oman bus driver dubai crash imprisonment

Photograph credit: Dubai Police

Seven-year imprisonment leading to deportation

In addition to the fine and his license suspension, Dubai Traffic Court sentenced the Omani driver to a seven-year jail term for the casualties caused after the crash, leading to deportation.

Driver’s lawyer claims the road barrier was in the “wrong place”

His lawyer, Mohammad Al Tamimi, says, “It was too short a distance to stop the vehicle. It is not the defendant’s mistake and not his negligence. Putting the height barrier in the wrong place caused the accident.”

The accident happened on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E311) before entering the bus terminal at Rashidiya Metro Bus Station.

Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha Al Felasi, director of Traffic Prosecution, “He admitted to lowering the sunshade and didn’t notice the signboards or warning signs, despite having used the road several times before the accident.”

Photograph credit: Dubai Police

DubaiLAD expresses its deepest condolences to the victim’s families and wishes the 13 injured a speedy recovery.

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