By Kabeer Yousuf -
MUSCAT — In one of the worst road accidents that Oman has witnessed in the recent past, two expatriate families and two young Omanis were killed in Haima yesterday.
The accident which shook Al Wosta Governorate happened when a car with members of two families who were on their way back from Salalah had a head-on collision with a 4WD carrying two Omanis.
The families were identified as Mustafa, a native of Kuttipuram in Malappuram district of Kerala, who runs a shop Zahrat al Hail in Al Khadra, his wife Ruqiya, daughter Muhsina and brother Anver.
Along with them Khalid Moulavi, a native of Kannur in Kerala, who runs a coffee shop in Bidiya, his wife Shafnas, their children Anas, Hashim, and Fatma, who were travelling in the ill-fated car, were killed.
Eye-witnesses told the Observer that the 4WD caught fire immediately after it hit the car and within minutes it was completely burnt before any rescue efforts could be launched. The salon car on the other hand rolled several times before it came to a halt killing all those inside.
This is the second major accident that raises concern among holiday-makers.
In the first such accident in Thumrait on Monday, a housewife and an infant were killed when two families were on their way to Salalah. A seriously injured girl is still in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Salalah.