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Road accident death toll during Eid in Oman rises to 13


A view of the Indian School Wadi Kabir school bus crash in Muscat's Ruwi area near Sheraton Oman hotel traffic signal. Photo - Times of Oman

Muscat: A spate of fatal road accidents over the Eid holidays in the Sultanate of Oman has raised the toll to 13.

Since the start of the holidays from July 24, some 13 people have lost their lives on the roads in various accidents.

The latest accident in the series of road crashes saw two nationals killed while another suffered serious injuries in Adam on Thursday morning, raising the toll to 11 in two days.

Of the other casualties, on Wednesday morning, the first official day of Eid, seven nationals were killed in a head-on collision between two cars in Haima, while an Indian and an Omani were killed in a road crash in Ibra.

According to sources in Adam, the two Omanis, travelling in a saloon car, died in a collision with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Ibra accident
Meanwhile, in the Ibra accident late on Wednesday evening, one national and one Indian were killed.

The body of the Indian expatriate was flown back to India on Thursday, social workers said.

The victim, identified as Mohammed Ali from the South Indian state of Kerala, was injured when the car in which he and his friends were travelling met with an accident near Ibra.

Mohammed succumbed to his injuries late on Wednesday night.

"Mohammed and his friends were on their way back to Seeb after a trip to Wadi Bani Khalid, a tourist spot. There was a head-on collision. Mohammed suffered severe injuries and was rushed to Ibra Hospital but he succumbed to his injuries late in the night," said Shameer PTK, a social worker coordinating the repatriation efforts for the body.

"Of the three other passengers in the car, one has suffered severe injuries. His condition is still critical," Shameer added.

Haima crash
On Wednesday morning, seven Omanis were killed in a head-on collision on the road to Salalah between Gaba and Haima.

According to police sources, the victims, four women and three men, belonged to two families.

A Nissan Maxima private car from the Wilayat of Al Seeb and a cab from Al Musannah were involved in the crash.

Several police vehicles, including a helicopter, and the fire service had rushed to the scene.

Barka accident
Last Friday (July 25) evening, two Indians were killed in an accident on the Barka-Nakhal road.

"Two died, both from the South Indian state of Kerala, and one suffered injuries. One of the victims had come to Oman on Thursday evening for the first time. His job description had not even been confirmed yet. The bodies were flown back to India on Thursday (July 31) night," stated officials from the victims' company.

According to a National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) report released in June, 190 Omanis and 150 expatriates died in 2,496 accidents between Jan. 1 and May 30 this year.



An earlier report released by the NCSI in January this year noted that 12 per cent of the road accidents in Oman involve a fatality, producing an average of one death in every 10 road accidents.

To get in touch: reji@timesofoman.com

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