18IMGbusaccident3 / 18th January 2001 ( Broadsheet ) / An investigator emerges from what is left of a luxury bus that crash along Sheikh Zayed Road. - GN picture by Ryan Hernandez

At least five people were confirmed killed and up to 26 injured when a coach taking pilgrims for Umrah in Saudi Arabia went out of control and crashed on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway. Among the dead was the Saudi Arabian coach driver. The others were all UAE nationals. The Abu Dhabi police reported that five people, including four UAE nationals, died and 26 were injured. Abu Dhabi police said the bus collided with the rear left hand side of a truck which was stationary on the hard shoulder of the road. The crash caused the bus to swerve across the highway towards the central reservation where it collided with a private Dubai-registered car. The bus then went over the central reservation before coming to a halt after crossing the Abu Dhabi to Dubai carriageway. Dubai police said the accident happened when the coach tried to overtake a car near the Ghantout Racing and Polo Club, but was forced to cut back into the nearside lane where it collided with the lorry.

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