Dubai: At least 17 people died and nine others were seriously injured in a road crash involving a tourist bus on Mohammad Bin Zayed road in Dubai on Thursday, Dubai Police said.
The tourists bus with Omani number plate was carrying 31 passengers of different nationalities and crashed in to a signboard at Al Rashidiya exit towards the metro station at 5:40pm.
Gulf News has learned that the crash happened after the driver wrongly entered a road not designated for buses towards Al Rashidiya metro station.
The bus crashed into a height barrier, which slashed the rear window, cut into the left side of the bus and killed passengers sitting on that side.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander in Chief of Dubai Police, and Dubai's attorney general Eissam Eissa Al Humaidan with other officials went to the scene.
The injured were transferred to Rashid Hospital.