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At the scene of the crash in Dubai on June 6, 2019.

PHOTO BY DUBAI POLICE


Dubai bus crash verdict: Dh3.4 million blood money, 7-year jail term for driver

 

DUBAI – The Omani bus driver involved in a crash that killed 17 people in Dubai was sentenced on Thursday (July 11) to seven years in jail and payment of blood money totaling Dh3.4 million.

According to the UAE’s top court, the families of the 17 people killed in the June 6 bus crash, including an Indian model and a Filipino physical therapist, will be paid blood money of Dh200,000 each.

The court also ruled that the driver will be deported after serving his jail term.

The Mwasalat bus was travelling from Muscat to Dubai during the Eid Al Fitr holiday when it crashed into a height restriction barrier at the Al Rashidiya exit on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road in Dubai on June 6.

The bus was carrying 31 passengers. Fifteen people were instantly killed in the crash, while two more later died in the hospital.

At the site of the crash in Dubai on June 6, 2019

The bus driver, 53, has admitted causing the wrongful death of 17 people in the crash. He said that he could not see clearly due to the bright sunshine.

His lawyer had argued that the height restriction barrier, which he claimed was wrongly installed, was partly to blame for the deadly bus crash.

However, according to the prosecution’s investigation, the driver was not paying attention to the signboards along the highway and was speeding on a lane that was not designated for buses. ICA/Expat Media

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