At the scene of the bus crash in Umm Suqueim, Dubai on March 4, 2021.


10 injured in Dubai after sleeping driver causes bus to crash


DUBAI – Ten people were injured in Dubai after their bus crashed into a metal barrier on Thursday (March 4). Police said the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.

The incident happened at around 6am on Umm Suqueim Road, near the Zayd Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan roundabout.

The crash caused the 32-passenger bus to overturn after it rammed the barrier, said Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, director of the General Department of Traffic Police.

“The bus driver obviously hadn’t got adequate rest or sleep, so he nearly caused the death of several people,” Al Mazrouei said.

The police official said that the injured passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Exhaustion and drowsiness are the two leading causes of accidents in the UAE, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which has warned motorists about the risks of driving when feeling exhausted or sleepy.

According to the RTA, exhaustion or drowsiness “impacts the ability of the driver to take an appropriate decision at the right time.”

“Extra caution and attention is required when driving from the workplace to home to avoid traffic accidents,” an RTA official said in a previous interview. Motorists are advised to keep a safe distance between vehicles and to take sufficient amount of rest before driving. ICA/Expat Media

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