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Collision leads to bus fire on Sheikh Zayed Road

An Ashok Leyland bus is reported to have caught fire on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road this morning, following a collision with a passenger car

The bus, which is reported to have been manufactured by Ashok Leyland, is thought to have caught fire following a collision with a passenger car. [Image: @masisararad]
The bus, which is reported to have been manufactured by Ashok Leyland, is thought to have caught fire following a collision with a passenger car. [Image: @masisararad]

An Ashok Leyland bus is reported to have caught fire on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, following a collision with a passenger car.

The passenger car is thought to have collided with the rear of the bus – a model typically used for the transportation of construction workers.

The incident is thought to have taken place at around 6.30am on 20 November, 2016, near to the Dubai Internet City metro station, in the direction of Downtown Dubai.

According to an account from one witness, two ambulances and two fire trucks attended the scene. The blaze, which has now been brought under control, is said to have destroyed the bus’s superstructure.

A taxi driver, who chose to remain anonymous, told Construction Week that he had witnessed the aftermath of the accident.

“The bus just burst into flames,” he said. “I saw the firefighters arrive. At first, they couldn’t control it, as it was flaming so hot. But eventually, they managed to [bring the fire under control].”

At present, it is not known how many passengers were aboard the bus, or whether any casualties resulted from the accident.

The incident resulted in significant congestion on the roads in its immediate vicinity.

Construction Week contacted Dubai Civil Defence for comment, but has not yet received an official response.

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