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KUWAIT CITY, April 1, (Agencies): Fifteen oil workers, most of them from the Indian subcontinent, were killed Sunday in a head-on collision between two buses in southern Kuwait, officials said. Seven of those killed were Indian nationals, five were Egyptians and the other three from Pakistan, said Mohammed Al-Basri of the stateowned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
Two Indian citizens — one in critical condition — and a Kuwaiti were also injured in the accident, Basri told AFP. Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) Spokesman Colonel Khalil Al-Amir said the victims were employees of Burgan Drilling, a private subcontractor for KOC.
Firefighters rushed to the scene to rescue the injured. One of them was taken by an ambulance and the other by air to hospital. The firefighters had immediately intervened to help four individuals who were trapped in the wreckage of mangled metal.
Meanwhile, KOC announced that the buses were transporting employees of contracting firms that work for the company when the accident occurred near Burgan oil field.
In a statement to KUNA, KOC pointed out that medical emergency teams responded promptly to the accident, promising more details on the tragedy as they become available. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent cables of condolences to families of victims of the accident involving two oil sector’s buses, in which 15 people were killed.
His Highness the Amir thanked policemen, fi remen, Kuwait Oil Company and Ministry of Health in the way they dealt with the tragic accident. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent cables of condolences to families of the victims of the illfated buses. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables.