Bus crash prompts warning from Abu Dhabi cops
A traffic accident in which the driver of a school bus died and seven of his passengers were hurt has sparked fresh calls from police for motorists to slow down.
The accident happened when the school vehicle collided with a public bus and a third vehicle on the Maqta Bridge in Abu Dhabi. The driver of the school bus died at the scene, while the schoolchildren suffered minor or moderate injuries, Lieutenant Mabkoot Al Kathairi, the operations officer at Abu Dhabi Police, said.
Police were called to the scene and took the man’s body to the Centre for Preventive Medicine in the capital.
All the injured students were taken to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City for treatment.
“Drivers of school buses should strictly adhere to traffic rules, including avoiding speeding and should keep sufficient space between vehicles,” Al Kathairi warned yesterday.
He added that police were still investigating the cause of the accident which happened at about 1pm on Monday.
However, Al Kathairi said initial police investigations had shown all three motorists had not been kept a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them.
Al Kathairi said the accident could have been avoided had the drivers adhered to that. The injured students - all Asian - are in stable condition and many of them have been discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment, according to officials at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police warned that school bus drivers should pay attention to the roads and that any school bus driver caught violating traffic laws would be suspended from work.