At Least 18 Killed In Oman Desert Bus Crash

At least 18 people have been killed and 16 others injured in a collision between a bus and a lorry in the desert in western Oman.

It happened in the early hours on the road connecting the cities of Fahud and Ibri to the west of the capital, Muscat.

A passing car later slammed into the wreckage which was at a roundabout in the Hahdah area.

Six of the dead are said to be from Oman, four from Saudi Arabia, two from Pakistan and one from Yemen. Five others have not yet been identified, according to the Times of Oman.

The bus was heading for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Some of those who survived have serious injuries.

Traffic accidents are not uncommon in the area with many motorists driving at speed across the long desert motorways.

At least 22 migrant workers died three years ago when a gravel-filled truck with faulty brakes rammed into a bus near Al Ain, an Emirati city on the Omani border.

In May 2015, 15 migrant workers died in a bus crash in Dubai.

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