Five Indian labourers die in Sharjah road crash

SHARJAH — Five Indian labourers were killed and 15 sustained injuries when a trailer collided with a minibus on the Sharjah-Dhaid Road near the Sajja Industrial area yesterday at around 6am, hospital and police sources said. The labourers were all travelling in the minibus.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Mon 30 Jul 2007, 8:39 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:23 AM

The deceased were identified as K. Ajith (37), Manikandan (30), M Thomas (45), all from Kerala, Ranga Raj Perumal (25) from Tamil Nadu and Prakash Ram (50) from Punjab. They were all employed with Shaharco Contracting Company.

While four of the labourers died before reaching the hospital, one died in Al Qasimi Hospital later in the afternoon, sources in Al Qasimi and Kuwaiti hospitals said. The condition of two labourers admitted in Al Qasimi Hospital and of two others in Kuwaiti Hospital is reported to be critical. A source in Al Qasimi Hospital said: “The deceased had all suffered head injuries.”

Meanwhile, police sources said the mishap occurred as the trailer tried to overtake another trailer and hit the minibus coming from the opposite direction. “There was a tussle between the trailer drivers after one changed the lane without giving signal. This provoked the driver of the other trailer to overtake the latter, causing the accident,” said a police source.

Jiju Mathew, supervisor of Shaharco Contracting Company, said: “The labourers lived in a camp near Old Skyline College in Sharjah. They were on their way to worksite in Sajja Industrial area when the tragedy struck.”

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