The Omani who drove the bus that recently crashed into a road barrier in Dubai – killing 17 people – is now facing multiple charges, with the Dubai traffic prosecution demanding that he pay total blood money of Dh3.4 million.
The bus, with 31 passengers on board, was travelling from Muscat to Dubai, when it crashed into a height barrier on the road near the Al Rashidiya metro station on June 6.
Among those killed, 12 were Indian nationals, two were Pakistanis, one was an Omani national and one was an Irish national. Thirteen people were also injured. The Dubai traffic prosecution has now referred the 53-year-old Omani driver to Dubai traffic court for the offence, it said.
According to local media reports, the driver was also found to be driving at 94kph – more than double the speed limit on that road. Officials said he also failed to pay attention to the traffic signs because of which he drove into the road which had a height constraint.
If found guilty, the driver could face imprisonment for up to seven years, a fine, as well be obliged to pay Dhs3.4m in blood money, the prosecution said.