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Seven Emiratis killed in Salalah accident

Seven Emiratis and an Omani child were killed in a head-on collision in eastern Salalah

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 18:59 August 27, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • Police and rescue workers at the scene of the accident in eastern Salalah near Mughsail Blow Holes
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Muscat: Seven Emiratis and an Omani child were killed on the spot in a head-on collision in eastern Salalah near Mughsail Blowholes yesterday evening, Saeed Al Badawi, a spokesperson for the Royal Oman Police’s Public Relations Department, told Gulf News.

According to police, the dead were members of a family from Al Ain. The accident occurred on the highway when the car  collided with a trailer also carrying a car. 

Two of the dead were identified as Obaid Saeed Al Kaabi and Mariam Gareeb Rashid. Another child survived the crash. 

Also yesterday, three Omanis were killed and five seriously injured when two cars collided in Ibri. On Sunday, three people died

in traffic accidents in Oman. A driver of a saloon car died on the spot when he lost control due to speeding and hit a cliff.

In another accident in Qalhat in the east, two vehicles collided while overtaking, killing two and injuring three people, taking the death toll to 14 in two days. 

Since the nine-day Eid break started on August 15, 34 people have been killed in the central region, linking Muscat and the rest of the country with southern region, and in the Dhofar region.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 16:10 August 28, 2012

    In Oman, most of the people do not drive safe, There is a big difference, Driving in Dubai is taught by professional driving instututes and professionals. Here any locals can get driving instructor permit and they can start teaching, there is no policy and road rules and not a single camera in any signals, I am seeing daily people crossing red regularly, most people using mobile while driving and some crazy drivers texting while they drive. The situation is going to be worst if ROP didnt take any action.

    Anonymous, Muscat, Oman

  2. Added 14:00 August 28, 2012

    34 deaths in such a small period of time? This is due to negligence of simple laws. As mentioned by Maronel, probably they were not wearing the seat belts. Almost every person who drives knows: speed kills. So people not wearing seat belts and in high speed is "knocking on heaven's door". What can authorities do? Chase every single car? It is the responsibility of each driver to follow the rules & regulations to save his life and other innocent people driving on the road.

    Roshan Rai, Muscat, Oman

  3. Added 12:14 August 28, 2012

    Not in one of the incidents do they mention if the passengers were wearing their seatbelts. All though all the incidents where serious I cannot help but wonder what they outcome would have been if they did (I assume they did not wear seatbelts, knowing the driving culture here and lack of awareness)

    Maronel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:43 August 28, 2012

    The Carnage on the roads continues in Oman, Authorities seem to have run out of ideas on how to stop it. Every one is not comfortable driving on these roads as it is resembles a warzone. No respect for the laws from drivers and not enough policing from the authorities. Divine intervention may be required soon.

    M.A, Muscat, Oman

  5. Added 10:03 August 28, 2012

    May Allah rest their souls in peace and give the strength to the families to bear such a loss of their beloveds. Ameen

    Umair, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

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