53-year-old faces jail time and blood money payments following death of 17 passengers
The Omani bus driver at the centre of an accident in Dubai, which claimed the lives of 17 people and injured 13, has admitted making a mistake in the lead up to the horror crash.
At Dubai Traffic Court on Tuesday, the 53-year-old driver claimed bright sunshine had obscured his vision just seconds before the tragedy, which happened at the Rashidiya exit just off Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road.
The vehicle ploughed into an overhead barrier at 94 kilometres per hour, more than double the 40kph speed limit.
“I admit to my mistake but the sun was too bright,” the bus driver, 53, told the court, according to a report in The National newspaper. “It was shining into my eyes so I pulled down a small curtain.”
If convicted, the driver may face up to seven years of prison time as well as AED 3.4 million ($925,670) in blood money to the families of the deceased.
The passengers – who were returning from Oman following Eid Al Fitr holidays – included citizens of Germany, Ireland, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.
The court adjourned the case for a hearing on July 9.