Six Thais, one Indian killed in accident

DUBAI — The six Thai nationals who were among the seven killed in a ghastly accident on Emirates Road in the early hours of Friday had arrived in Dubai only hours before the mishap.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Sun 30 Sep 2007, 8:48 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:14 AM

The Thai workers brought in by VFR Construction Company, which undertakes Dubai Metro works, and a man from south Indian state of Kerala lost their lives when the minibus they were travelling in overturned following a tyre burst near Awir. They were being transported to their accommodation in Jebel Ali. The Indian was the cleaner of the minibus.

Two others, including the driver of the minibus, were critically injured and admitted in Rashid Hospital.

The mishap occurred around 3 am when, according to a police source, the vehicle overturned following a tyre burst near the fruit and vegetable market at Awir.

The deceased are Amnuay Phipphomang, 36, Suphap Khomkok, 40, Worawoot Promsuk, 20 , Koson Heepngoen, 29, Konpinkhan, 38, Wilaiunsiri, 42 — all from Thailand — and Rajesh Kumar, 40, from Kerala. The injured are Rangsandonkra Chang from Thailand and Devarajan from India.

Rashid Hospital sources said Devarajan is out of danger but Chang remains critical.

Meanwhile, the company said yesterday that it would give compensation to the families of the deceased.

Jerome Paul Noronha, HR Manager of VFR Contracting Company, said: “At present, we cannot say what would be the exact amount. We have started working out the compensation modalities according to the law,” he said.

The bodies of the victims, he said, would be flown to their home countries after completing the legal procedures. “We are waiting for the police report to find out the exact cause of the accident. We still don’t have any clue as to what happened,” Jerome said.

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