Abu Dhabi Police reduced the speed limit on Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road from 160 km/h to 140 km/h after Saturday’s 127-vehicle pile-up on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway. Image Credit: Alex Westcott/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: As many as 21 victims of Saturday's car pile-up are still in hospital, according to reports sent exclusively to Gulf News by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company  (Seha).

Four more patients have been discharged from hospitals across Abu Dhabi since Sunday.

That brings the total number of patients discharged to 38 from Abu Dhabi hospitals — namely Al Rahba, Al Mafraq and the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).

The Seha report as of Sunday afternoon confirmed that nine out of 59 patients are critically to severely injured, and require constant medical attention. One of the patients is Emirati, two Omanis, one Indian, two Pakistanis and three patients are from what the report calls "other nationalities."

The deceased has been identified as Saleem Ali Fardat Khan, a 28-year-old light vehicle driver from Pakistan.

Khan's body is now kept at the central mortuary in Abu Dhabi, according to Obaid Al Ameri, head of the operations centre and disaster management at Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

"We're now waiting for a release letter from the police so that the deceased's body can be released to the company he was working for," said Al Ameri.

Al Ameri said HAAD's operation and disaster management centre received their first call regarding the incident at 8.30am on Saturday.

"The first thing we did is ask about the type of incident, location and who is involved. We then … sent an alert to Al Rahba and Al Mafraq hospitals, and asked SKMC and other private hospitals to be on standby.

"We then got in touch with Seha who responded immediately by providing us with 11 ambulances, which helped transfer some of the injured, alongside the police," he said.