LATEST UPDATE: As many as 15 construction workers being transported to their worksite yesterday died after the bus in which they were travelling crashed into a truck parked on the hard shoulder on Al Ain highway at the junction of Emirates Road in Dubai.
The bus was transporting the men early morning yesterday from their labour camp in Umm al Quwain to the worksite in Jebel Ali. While 13 people died on the spot, two more succumbed to their injuries later in the evening.
According to the Indian Consulate, nine Indians are among the 15 that died in the fatal accident while the Bangladesh Consulate has confirmed the death of four Bangladeshis in the accident.
“Most of the Indians who died are from Punjab,” said one of the sources.
The truck driver told cops that he had parked his truck on the hard shoulder after the brakes of his vehicle had developed problems. According to Dubai Police sources, both the bus and the truck drivers have been taken into custody for questioning.
Based on his conversation with the survivors, Akm Mizanur Rahman, First Secretary at the Bangladeshi Consulate in Dubai, said: “They only remember the crash. The impact was so severe that all of them were unconscious. They next thing they remember is that they were in the hospital,” he said.
Both the Indian and Bangladeshi consulates have pledged to assist the victims of the crash, and will also help in facilitating the remains of those killed in the crash.
According to the Bangladeshi Consulate, the condition of one of the four injured continues to be critical. “He is undergoing treatment at the ICU. Doctors have however told us that he is out of danger,” said Rahman. “Five of the injured have been discharged from Al Baraha Hospital,” he added.
According to Rahman, the bodies of the dead would be repatriated in two to three days after the completion of the post-mortem and other procedures.
“We have been told that the compensation will be based on the police report. The repatriation cost will be borne by the company. We have promised to make all necessary arrangements. The family of the dead Bangladeshi workers will be given monetary assistance (about 35,000 Takas) in Bangladesh for the burial,” he noted.
The dead Bangladeshis have been identified as Masum Dhali, 24; Mohammed Budrul Hassan, 35; Alam Gir, 32 and Nazrul Islam aged 28.
Dubai accident toll rises to 15
The death toll in Saturday's fatal accident on Al Ain highway at the junction of Emirates Road in Dubai, has risen from 13 to 15 as two of the 14 injured died in hospital, said Bu Farousha Al Falasi, Head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution.
The accident took place at about at 6.25am just before Dubai Outlet Mall.
The bus crashed into the truck , which was parked on the road side, flipped over and moved to at least five meters before coming to a halt.
The truck driver said, “A failure in the brake system forced him to park the truck on the road side.”
The case has been referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution, police said.
According to an earlier statement issued by Dubai Police, 10 of the injured were rushed to Rashid Hospital and six others to Al Baraha Hospital.
Two of the injured died shortly at the hospital. [WAM]
Four Bangladeshis among dead
Among those killed were four Bangladeshis, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has confirmed.
Of the injured, four have been admitted to a local hospital, Director of External Publicity Nripendra Chandra Debnath told bdnews24.com.
It is not yet known which other nationalities were killed or injured in the accident.
The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has named the four dead as Masum Dhali, 24, son of Ilu Dhali of Chadpur Sadar, Chadpur; Md Badrul Hasan, 35, son of Md Nabial Haque of Sitakunda, Chittagong; Alamgir, 32, son of Badsha Mia of Matlab, Chadpur; and Nazrul Islam, 28, son of Kali Mullah of Jaintapur, Sylhet. Director Debnath said the condition of the three out of four injured and hospitalised was stable while that of Ibrahim Miaji, son of Abdul Khaleque of Chandpur district, was stated to be critical, according to bdnews24.com.
“He is in the intensive care unit,” he said, adding that five injured received first aid and were released from the hospital.
The hospitalised were identified as: ‘Mojib’, 33, son of ‘Mokbul’ of Hajiganj, Chandpur; Abdul Quader, 27, son of Abdul Gahar of Joydebpur, Gazipur; and Abu Taher, son of Nurul Islam of Debiddar, Comilla.
At least 13 feared killed
At least 13 workers are feared killed in a fatal crash on Dubai’s Emirates Road on Saturday morning.
According to Dubai Police, the incident happened when a bus carrying 29 workers collided with a truck after the Dubai Club Bridge in the direction of Al Ruwaiyah.
Sixteen men are injured in the accident.
The bus rammed into the truck that was parked on the side of the road.
The injured have been transferred to Rashid Hospital and Al Baraha Hospital.
Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; Brigadier Anass Almatrooshi, Director of General Administration of Transport and Rescue; Col Ali Ahmed Ghanem, Director of Bur Dubai Police Station; Lt Col Omar bin Hammad, Deputy Director of Al Rashidiya Police Station were present at the accident site.
All workers are Asians.