x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

RTA driver released in wreck inquiry

A bus driver involved in a multiple crash in which dozens of people were hurt has been released by police and is unlikely to face charges.

DUBAI // The driver of a bus involved in a multiple crash in which dozens of people were hurt has been released after giving a statement to police and is unlikely to face charges, it was disclosed yesterday. Two buses, a minibus and a car were involved in Thursday's crash, in which 87 people were hospitalised. All but six, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, have been discharged.

The collision occurred on Sheikh Zayed Road near Ibn Battuta mall, Dubai. It involved a Road and Transport Authority bus carrying 50 passengers from Abu Dhabi, a bus carrying building workers, a minibus with six tourists and a car. The first two buses were destroyed. The driver of the RTA Inter Emirates bus was taken into custody but freed. An RTA spokesman said: "It is unlikely he will be prosecuted as, according to UAE law, the last vehicle is usually the cause of the accident."

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