Dubai bus crash: 7-year jail term for Omani driver reduced to 1 year

Web report/Dubai
Filed on February 25, 2021

The court ordered the driver to pay Dh3.4 million as blood money and a fine of Dh50,000

The sentence of an Omani bus driver, who was found guilty of causing the deaths of 17 passengers in 2019, has been commuted from seven years to one year in prison, Emarat Al Youm reported on Thursday.

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The Court of Cassation in Dubai ordered the driver to pay Dh3.4 million as blood money and a fine of Dh50,000. It also approved the decision to cancel the deportation sentence.

The accident that occurred in June 2019 claimed the lives of 17 passengers and injured 13 others.

Investigations revealed that the 55-year-old driver was driving the bus at 94 km/hr at the time, exceeding the speed limit by more than double.

Due to the high speed, the driver hit a warning sign and rammed into a metal barrier, which caused the immediate deaths of 15 of the workers onboard, while two more succumbed to their injuries afterwards.

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