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


Filipino among those killed in Dubai bus crash


DUBAI – A Filipino expatriate was among 17 people killed when a Dubai-Muscat bus crashed on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road on Thursday, the Philippine Consulate in Dubai confirmed on Saturday (June 8).

Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said the victim’s family was yet to be notified on Saturday.

Update: As of Monday (June 10), Cortes said that the family of the victim has been notified. Cortes said that the 37-year-old victim, Marie January Ventura Gallardo,  was a physical therapist based in Oman.

The Filipino, from Jones, Isabela in the Philippines, had worked in Oman for one year. She left behind her two children.

Gallardo was among 31 holidaymakers headed to Dubai on their Eid break when the Mwasalat bus they were riding crashed into a signboard at the Al Rashidiya exit on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road on June 6, killing 17 people and injuring nine others, including the Omani driver.

Police said that 15 people were killed on impact and two more later died in the hospital. A Dubai-based Indian model was among those killed in the crash.

All victims were sent to Rashid Hospital where two people are currently being treated and six others have yet to be identified due to the severity of their injuries, according to police.

The passengers included Irish, Indian, German, Pakistani, Omani and Filipino.

The Indian Consulate in Dubai said that 12 Indians were among those killed in the incident. Click here for list of casualties and full details. ICA/Expat Media


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