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Eight people were killed and six injured in a traffic accident in Dubai on Monday morning.
The accident occurred early in the morning at 4.54am when a small bus carrying 14 passengers collided with a heavy truck on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Sharjah, ahead of Mirdif City Centre exit, Dubai Police said.
The accident happened today (Monday) at 4:54 a.m. when the bus rammed into the lorry, which was stationary on the road shoulder.
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The minibus driver and seven passengers died on the scene while two passengers sustained serious injuries and four others sustained mild injuries.
All of them were taken to Rashid Hospital.
The crash victims are all Asian nationals.
An investigation into the incident is underway.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Dubai Traffic Police, said that accidents involving buses or heavy lorries usually caused greater damage.
“These kind of vehicles caused 34 accidents over the last eight months, resulting in one death and 48 injuries. Among those victims, five were seriously injured, 16 faced moderate injuries and 27 had minor injuries,” he said.
“Meanwhile 35 accidents occurred during the same period last year, resulting in 12 deaths and 87 injuries, with 11 of them suffering severe injuries, 27 faced moderate injuries and 38 had minor injuries,” he added.
Al Mazroui urged drivers to be careful when driving and obey the speed limits and traffic signs.