22 Killed In Collision After Gravel Truck Crashes Bus In UAE: How Dangerous Are UAE Driving Conditions?

By Staff Reporter on February 4, 2013 3:33 PM EST

UAE highway
According to World Health Organization, the highways of UAE are responsible for the highest per capita death toll in the world. (Photo: YouTube)

An accident involving an overloaded gravel truck resulted in 22 deaths and 24 people were injured in a collision that occurred in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Feb. 4.

According to UAE police, a gravel-filled truck was travelling with faulty brakes in the oasis town of al-Ain, just 150 km (90 mi.) from Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately, the brakes finally gave out as the truck was hurtling towards a bus. Failing to decelerate, the overloaded truck ultimately decimated the bus and its occupants, trapping the victims in thousands of pounds of gravel. First responders at the scene confirm at least 22 victims were killed and 24 were injured, five of which are in critical condition.

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The bus was transporting South Asian migrant workers that found work at the UAE and other Gulf nations. While the specific nationality of the workers were not announced, Reuters reports that the Dubai-based Gulf News daily claims most victims were from Bangladesh. ABC News reports that South Asians represent a very large number of workers. The workers were regularly transported by bus from labor camps to job sites.

The United Arab Emirates is a federation that consists of seven emirates including wealthy hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Despite an economic boom and exponential growth in its two main cities, statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that the roads of UAE are responsible for the highest per capita death toll in the world.

How dangerous are they? You'll have to see it to believe it. Take a look at the driving conditions in the UAE in the video below.

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