At least seventeen people died and five others were critically injured when a bus full of holiday makers returning from Oman after the Eid holidays met with an accident near Rashidiya exit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at 5.40pm (local time) on Thursday evening.
In a tweet, Dubai Police confirmed that the accident had taken place when the bus carrying 31 people over ran a traffic signal near the metro station. The police said 17 people of different nationalities had died in the accident while five were critically injured, reports Khaleej Times.
The dead and injured have been shifted to Rashid Hospital.
A Dubai resident whose friend was injured in the accident said that the family of three was returning from Oman after celebrating the Eid holidays.
"I got a call from my friend after the accident. He just told me he was injured," said the Indian national on condition of anonymity.
His wife and child were not injured. "We came to Rashid Hospital but we are unable to meet them as of yet," he said, adding that the status of their injuries was unknown.