x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Pile-up driver died from head injuries

Victim of 127-car pile-up on Saturday identified as a Pakistani man.

Saturday's 127-car accident left one dead and 59 injured - not 60, as was earlier reported.

The deceased was identified as Saleem Ali Khan, 28, from Pakistan. He was a light vehicle driver, and his body was first taken to the morgue at Mafraq Hospital, then transported via Mafraq's morgue ambulance to the main city morgue in Abu Dhabi.

Obaid al Ameri, head of the emergency and disaster management department at the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi, said the cause of death was severe head trauma.

"He died at the scene. We have finalised the paperwork and are waiting for clearance from the police in order to hand his body back to his company," he said.

Only one patient remains in the intensive care unit. He is the only patient taken to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City from Al Rahba Hospital. Doctors describe his condition as critical, but stable. He is recovering from neck and spinal injuries and will require further surgeries.

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