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Infant involved in Oman car crash dies

Bodies of 9 victims of another road tragedy flown to India

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 12:21 August 25, 2012
  • Gulf News

A vehicle overturns on the highway toward Salalah
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Muscat: An infant who sustained serious injuries in a road accident in Thumrait in southern Oman a week ago died of her injuries on Friday at the Royal Hospital in Salalah.

Fourteen-month-old Diana Sharji was among those injured in an accident involving two families from Muscat as they were travelling to the southern region to spend their Eid holidays.

Abdul Kareem and his friend P.T. Sharji were taking turns to drive during the 1,000-km-plus road journey to Salalah from Muscat when misfortune struck.

Their car rolled over seven times after a tyre burst in the Thumrait mountains, killing Sharji’s wife Deepa on the spot. Abdul Kareem’s son Mohammad Saljas, 2, died at a hospital.

Diana died after five days in the intensive care unit of the Royal Hospital in Salalah.

Mohammad Saljas was laid to rest in Salalah but Sharji will take the remains of his wife and daughter back to India for the burial.

“We are waiting for the paperwork to be completed for Diana, once that is complete, remains of both Deepa and Diana would be taken to India for the burial,” a friend of Sharji told Gulf News.

Meanwhile, the remains of nine victims of a horrific head-on collision between two cars were flown to India on Friday evening.

All those who died in the crash were from India’s southern state of Kerala. The collision between a big saloon car and a large sports utility vehicle also occurred as one group was returning after a holiday in Salalah to Muscat.

One of the vehicles involved in the accident was burnt completely while the other was reduced to a mangled wreck killing all nine occupants.

The Omani driver of the sports utility vehicle survived with moderate injuries but another Omani occupant died on the spot.

The deceased were identified as Puthiyapuril Khalid, from Kannur district in India’s southern state of Kerala, his wife Safnaz and three children — Anas, Hashim and Fatima. Khalid’s friend A.V. Mustafa, from Malappuram district in Kerala, his wife Ruqiya, his daughter Muqshina and his brother Anwar were the other victims.

Traffic accidents

Meanwhile, at least two traffic accidents were reported in Salalah between August 19 and 21.

In the first accident, a UAE-registered vehicle overturned on the highway at least 100 kilometres before Salalah. No one was hurt in the incident.

In the second incident, a vehicle caught fire along the highway from Muscat to Salalah. It was not clear what caused the blaze, but no one was reported hurt in the incident.

Tourist traffic to Salalah increased during the Eid holidays, with 94,713 visitors registered during the period.

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