18 killed, 16 injured in bus crash

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A bus traveling through western Oman’s desert crashed into a truck and a passing car later slammed into the wreckage on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 16 others.

He said those hurt in the crash had injuries ranging from serious to minor and had been transported to hospitals throughout the sultanate.

Traffic crashes are not uncommon in the Gulf states. Many drivers speed on long desert highways and large populations of foreign guest workers are a source of motorists who have come to the country with differing driving habits.

 In February 2013, at least 22 migrant workers died when a gravel-filled truck with faulty brakes rammed into a bus near in Al Ain, an Emirati city on the Omani border. In May the following year, 15 migrant workers died in a bus crash in Dubai.

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