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At the scene of the crash on Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan Street.

PHOTO BY ABU DHABI POLICE


Nepali cleaners on their way to work killed in Abu Dhabi bus crash

 

DUBAI – The victims of a bus crash in Abu Dhabi that killed six people have been identified as mostly Nepali women working as cleaners in the capital.

More details have emerged about Thursday’s deadly crash, with a partial list of the nationalities of the victims released. According to sources, the women were on their way to work when the fatal crash occurred.

Social worker M.M. Nasar Kanhangad told media that the crash killed the Pakistani male driver and five women, including a Nepali, a Sri Lankan and two yet to be identified. Most of the 19 injured were Nepalese women, an embassy official confirmed.

The bus carrying the cleaners had crashed into the back of a truck on Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan Street opposite Al Raha Beach at dawn on Thursday.

Police said the truck driver abruptly stepped on the brake pedal to avoid colliding into another car that recklessly cut in front of the truck’s lane.

Thirteen Nepali women were among those injured in the crash. The victims were on their way to their work site in Al Shahama when the crash occurred. The women are currently receiving treatment in three hospitals.

A Nepal Embassy official said that the women worked for a company providing cleaning services that will reportedly pay for the women’s hospital expenses. DAJ/Expat Media

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