School bus crash causes delay in Abu Dhabi

Motorists said the bus appeared to have veered off the road before hitting a palm tree.
Forty-seven people were injured in an accident involving three buses on Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police
Forty-seven people were injured in an accident involving three buses on Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police

ABU DHABI // Forty-seven people were injured – two seriously – when two school buses and a public transport bus collided on Thursday morning.

A majority of those injured were children. The crash happened on the northbound carriageway of Khaleej Al Arabi, after the Mussaffah Bridge.

Photographs show significant damage to the front of one bus and the rear of second yellow vehicle.

The buses were delivering pupils to Belvedere British School and Al Dhafra Private School, in Mohammed bin Zayed City.

An image seen by The National appears to show emergency crews administering treatment to young children laying on the ground.

Some 14 people were treated at the scene of this morning’s crash for minor injuries.

Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police, said police, emergency crews, and a mobile hospital were sent to the scene of the accident.

He blamed the crash on driver inattention, speeding, and the two vehicles driving too close to each other.

Abu Dhabi Police said 47 people were injured in the accident, 25 of which have since been released from the hospital.

Brig Al Dhaheri said the injured were taken to Mafraq Hospital. Two of the children were initially in a critical condition will remain in hospital but their condition was this afternoon described as stable.

Meanwhile, motorists in the capital were urged to drive with caution on Thursday morning.

Motorists said the bus appeared to have veered off the road before hitting a tree. Traffic patrols, ambulances and a mobile hospital were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport reported via Twitter the closure of Khaleej Al Arabi Street to Mussaffah Road due to the accident. Drivers were asked to take alternative roads.

By 9.06am, the road had reopened to traffic, but motorists were told to expect delays.

School regulator Abu Dhabi Education Council said a senior management team was at the hospital where the students were admitted to comfort parents and ensure the care of students.

Adec is working with Abu Dhabi Police during the investigation.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: September 29, 2016 04:00 AM

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