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Five killed in Oman road accident

Senior police officer among victims in car crash in northern region

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 13:46 May 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

Muscat: A senior police officer was among five people killed in a head-on collision in Oman’s northern region on Wednesday night.

According to police sources, a vehicle going in the direction of Muscat from Sohar smashed through a road median and collided with an oncoming car near the Suwaihrah roundabout in Sohar, about 230-km north to Muscat.

The police commander of the Muscat governorate, Brigadier Salim Bin Mohammad Al Rowas, who was travelling from Muscat, and his Omani driver, who identity was not revealed, were among the five people who died following the accident.

Three Bangladeshi nationals also died in the accident. The person driving the Bangladeshi nationals reportedly lost control of the car, sending it hurtling over a concrete road divider and into the path of the police officer’s car on the other carriageway of the highway that links Oman’s northern region with Muscat.

While three people, including the driver of the police officer’s car, died on the spot, Brigadier Al Rowas and a Bangladeshi expatriate succumbed to their injuries at the Sohar Referral Hospital.

According to a spokesman for the Bangladesh embassy, the four Bangladeshis involved in the accident were from Chittagong district. The deceased were identified by the mission as Jasem Al Deen from Amanbazar village, Mohammad Delwar from Boalkhali area and Hafajatur Rahman from Kanchana village. The condition of the fourth occupant of the car. Mohammad Zafar of Fultala village is critical. is still battling for life.

According to the public relations department of the police, plans to airlift the injured police officer and two of the expatriates were abandoned when doctors at the Sohar Referral Hospital refused to discharge them due to the critical nature of their injuries. Doctors couldn’t save two of the injured, including Brigadier Al Rowas, since they had already lost a lot of blood by the time they were admitted to the hospital.

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