Twenty-four people were killed and 24 injured in an accident on the Old Truck Road in Al Ain after a lorry loaded with concrete overturned and landed on a bus.
Twenty-four people were killed and 24 injured in an accident on the Old Truck Road in Al Ain after a lorry loaded with concrete overturned and landed on a bus.

Lorry driver charged over UAE's deadliest crash that killed 21



A lorry driver is set to appear in court charged with causing what is believed to be UAE's deadliest road crash, in which 21 workers died and 23 were wounded.
The Asian truck driver, 42,  will appear before Abu Dhabi Misdemeanours Court charged with causing the crash in Saih Sabra, Al Ain, on February 4.
The lorry overturned, crushing a workers' bus and pouring its load of building materials on to those trapped inside. The court date was not available.
The lorry driver will be charged with causing, through mistake and neglect, the deaths of the workers.
Other charges include compromising the safety of others, damaging two vehicles and state-owned barriers, and failing to abide by traffic rules.
The lorry the man was driving was loaded with 75 tonnes of sand and building materials.
Both vehicles skidded and hit the road barrier on the E30, the Old Truck Road, next to Al Rawda Palace on the outskirts of Al Ain.
They fell into a ditch with the truck landing on top of the bus, which was taking maintenance workers from Al Hakeem Decoration.
The men were on their way to carry out maintenance work at the palace.
After early reports of the crash, all police units in the vicinity were immediately sent to the scene to help rescue victims trapped in the bus, and provide first aid to those who required it.
Emergency and public safety ambulance teams from the general directorate for central operations at Abu Dhabi Police, the medical services division of Al Ain Police and Seha staff worked together to take victims to nearby hospitals.
An Indian and an Egyptian were also among the dead.
After the crash a new focus has been placed on road safety regarding heavy-load vehicles.
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