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At the scene of the crash on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubai on June 6, 2019.

PHOTO BY DUBAI POLICE


Dubai bus crash: Driver’s lawyer blames height barrier

 

DUBAI – The lawyer of the Omani bus driver who caused a crash that killed 17 people on a Dubai highway alleged that the wrong installation of a height restriction barrier was partly to blame for the incident.

In the latest hearing on the case on Wednesday (July 10), defence lawyer Mohammed Saif Al Tamimi told the court that the barrier did not meet GCC guidelines.

“The GCC guideline stated that if a road’s speed limit is 60kph, the distance between a warning signboard and a height restriction barrier should be 60 metres,” Al Tamimi said, adding that the distance of the barrier from the signboard was just 12 metres.

Al Tamimi also pointed out that according to standards, the barrier should have been “mobile and made of concrete or other materials, but not steel”. He proposed that the Roads and Transport Authority evaluate the crash site.

At the scene of the crash on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road on June 6, 2019.

According to the prosecution’s investigation, however, signboards on right lanes and vehicle height requirements were located 342 metres from the crash site.

The Omani bus driver, 53, has admitted causing the wrongful death of 17 people during the June 6 crash that also killed an Indian model and a Filipino physical therapist.

The Omani said he could not see clearly due to the bright sunshine.

The Mwasalat bus he was driving was traveling to Dubai from Muscat when it crashed into a height restriction bar at the Al Rashidiya exit on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road on June 6.

A verdict is expected on July 11. ICA/Expat Media

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