Twelve Indians were among the 17 killed when a tourist bus crashed into a traffic signboard on Thursday, the Indian Consulate informed.

Nine people were severely injured including the bus driver and were rushed to the city’s Rashid Hospital for treatment.

“Deeply grieved by the unfortunate bus accident in Dubai that has claimed 12 Indian lives. My sincere condolences to the families,” External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar tweeted.

According to Dubai Police, the bus was travelling from Oman to Dubai with 31 passengers on board when it crashed into a signboard on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at around 5:40 pm.

Earlier in a day, an Indian Consulate in Dubai confirmed eight Indian deaths.

The Consulate also revealed the names of the victims.

“The names of those who have passed away are Rajagopalan, Feroz Khan Pathan, Reshma Feroz Khan Pathan, Deepak Kumar, Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, Kiran Johnny, Vasudev, Tilakram Jawahar Thakur,” it said.

It also expressed condolences and shared the helpline numbers to extend support to the families of those killed in the accident.

“We will update the exact details as soon as they become available from local authorities. Our officers are in Rashid Hospital, Dubai to extend assistance. Any queries could be addressed to our officer Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Mob +971-504565441or on our helpline +971-565463903,” the CGI said in a tweet.

Following the incident, Dubai Police Chief Abdullah Al-Marri asked drivers to remain alert while driving.