Six people died and 19 were injured in a road accident between a bus and a lorry in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning, said Abu Dhabi Police.
The accident happened on Al Raha Beach Road on the outskirts of the capital heading towards Dubai and was as a result of careless driving.
A video released on Abu Dhabi Police’s Instagram page showed two heavy trucks in the right hand lane slowing down because a car had appeared to stop or slow in front of them, before a bus ploughed into the back of the second lorry.
Of the dead, five were women, one from Nepal and one from Sri Lanka, while the only man killed in the crash was the Pakistani bus driver. The nationalities of the other three deceased are yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, Nepal’s embassy confirmed that 16 of the 19 injured were Nepalese citizens.
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Lt. Col. Mohammad Abdul Rahim Al Hosani, Head of Traffic Research Department in the Traffic Department of the External Areas of the Directorate, said, the operations department in the Central Operations Sector in Abu Dhabi Police received a call at dawn on Thursday, indicating the occurrence of a traffic collision between a truck and a bus.
Immediately ambulances, patrol and rescue teams were sent to the site including mobile hospital, where treatment was provided for injured people, and others were quickly were transferred to different hospitals to receive the necessary treatment, he said.
Traffic was diverted from Shaikh Zayed Bridge towards Al Maqta Bridge, until the scene could be cleared, Lt. Col. Al Hosani said.