Abu Dhabi: A Gulf News distributor was killed in a car crash in Ruwais yesterday, about a kilometre from where six people died in another crash last week.
Mohammad Nazimudeen 32, a Bangladeshi national, died in the accident about 4.30am as his car swerved off the road and hit a date palm tree, Abu Dhabi Police said.
According to officials, he may have dozed off. Traffic police are investigating the accident.
He succumbed to his injuries at the accident scene as rescue officials tried to save him.
The crash happened about a kilometre from where a collision between a bus and a truck claimed six lives last Monday, a Ruwais resident said.
"The car, a Nissan Sunny, hit the tree, uprooting it. The driver had to be extricated by the rescue officials, as the car was seriously damaged and he was trapped inside," the resident said.
Nazimudeen's relationship with Gulf News goes back a long way. His father Raja Miyaa worked with the newspaper for over two decades before retiring from work and returning home.
Nazimudeen joined the company in 1995 as a newspaper boy, delivering the paper to homes.
About three years ago, he was promoted to distribution agent — a job which saw him transport the paper in bulk between the emirates.
Nazimudeen had been covering the Abu Dhabi-Ruwais route daily since March 1.
Shortly before the accident, he is understood to have left a nearby Adnoc petrol station.
Hailing from Chittagong, he is survived by his wife and three-year-old child.
His father-in-law, who runs a business, said that Nazimudeen's body will be repatriated for the funeral.
His body is now at a hospital in Madinat Zayed and will be released to relatives once legal procedures are completed and a death certificate is issued.
His colleagues remembered him as a very dedicated and hardworking person.
"He was an achiever. He used to do every job given to him in a dedicated manner," said one.