Bus crash: Kids weren’t wearing seatbelts
Dozens of pupils injured in capital
A school bus crash in which 47 children were injured was made worse by the fact that most pupils were not wearing seatbelts, Abu Dhabi Police have said.
An investigation is ongoing into the accident between the two school buses and a public bus on Thursday.
Abu Dhabi Police officials said dozens of school pupils, who were injured in a crash on Khaleej Al Arab Road on Thursday morning, were not wearing seatbelts and were not seated properly in the school buses.
The police official added that failure to leave a safe distance caused two school buses and a public transport bus to collide on Thursday morning.
The crash left 47 people injured, including dozens of children. The buses were delivering pupils to Belvedere British School and Al Dhafra Private School, in Mohammed bin Zayed City.
Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, director general of central operations at Abu Dhabi Police, told the Arabic news programme Oloum Al Dar that not leaving enough distance between vehicles is the main cause behind the major accident that occurred on Khaleej Al Arab Road at 7.20am.
Al Dhaheri said: “Most of pupils on the school buses were not wearing seatbelts and were not seated properly in the school buses.
“Therefore, two passengers were seriously injured in the crash.
“It is absolutely the responsibility of the person who accompanies students and the bus driver to make sure all students are seated properly and that they are wearing seatbelts.”
An official from Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) told 7DAYS: “Only two of the children sustained serious injuries. The rest only had minor injuries.
“The injured children have been treated and everyone is in stable condition.”
Al Dhaheri added: “A total of 25 who were taken to Mafraq Hospital were released on the same day.”
Two children were admitted to hospital in a critical condition, following the crash, but are now said to be stable.
RECOVERY: One of the pupils injured in the crash is visited by school friends