Abu Dhabi nurse killed in road accident on holiday in Oman

The mother of two from Kerala was travelling near Salalah

A view of Salalah in autumn. Photo: Oman's Ministry of Tourism
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A hospital nurse who worked in Abu Dhabi has died in a road accident while she was on holiday in Oman.

Sheba Mary Thomas, 33, was killed after the car she was travelling in overturned after colliding with a lorry on Sunday near Salalah.

The mother of two was from Kerala, local media there reported.

She leaves behind her elderly parents, husband Sajimon Raju, 35, daughter Evelyn Maria Saji, 5, and son Edvin Samuel Saji, 2.

Seven people suffered serious injuries in the incident, according to reports.

Her son is among those in hospital and is being treated for multiple fractures. Her daughter was uninjured.

PD Thomas, Ms Thomas’s father, said the family was struggling to come to terms with her loss.

The main road from Muscat to Salalah, a popular drive for many travellers from the UAE, Oman and elsewhere, is 1,100 kilometres long and about 40 per cent of it is single carriageway.

Every year people are killed on the road, including tourists who are unfamiliar with the long stretch and changeable weather conditions.

In 2017, police statistics showed an average of 105 fatalities a year on the stretch to Salalah - about a quarter of all road deaths in the Sultanate.

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Updated: May 03, 2022, 11:55 AM
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