Bus crash: Kids weren’t wear­ing seat­belts

Dozens of pupils in­jured in cap­i­tal

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi nawal@7days.ae

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

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