We were lucky to survive: Umrah bus passenger

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We were lucky to survive: Umrah bus passenger

Three people, including its driver Abdul Latheef, died in the Umrah bus accident that took place after one of the bus’s tyres burst.

By Asma Ali Zain/deputy Chief Reporter

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Published: Wed 20 May 2015, 1:12 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:47 PM

Rescue personnel inspecting the site in Abu Dhabi where the bus carrying Umrah pilgrims overturned. — Supplied photo

Dubai - “The driver was not at fault and we do not blame him for anything ... God had already decided his fate,” said a passenger who survived the tragic Umrah bus accident that took place in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening.

Three people, including its driver Abdul Latheef, died in the accident that took place after one of the bus’s tyres burst at 6.30pm. The three deceased were buried on Monday.

One passenger is recuperating in a critical condition in a city hospital, while the rest of the injured have been discharged.

“I was sitting in the middle of the bus with my family, so (I) can’t say what exactly happened, but we were lucky to survive,” said a passenger, Ashraf.

He said the bus left Madina, Saudi Arabia, at 2.30pm on Friday after the group of 60 finished performing Umrah.

“I lost a friend who was like a brother to me,” said Ashraf referring to one of the deceased identified as Aboobacker. The third deceased, Mohammed Moulavi, was the coordinator of the Umrah trip.

“The three (deceased) were sitting in the front of the bus which was completely damaged in the accident,” he said.

A total of 11 families, all hailing from the Indian state of Kerala, had gone for the pilgrimage.

“There were 10 children on board and all are well,” said Ashraf.

Residents of Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah formed the group and left for Saudi Arabia on May 6.

asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com



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