Abu Dhabi: The driver of a truck involved in the 44-vehicle pileup in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday has been detained, police said on Thursday.

The driver has been referred to the Public Prosecution for further action after the police charged him with breaching traffic rules and driving in foggy weather that caused the accident, injured motorists and damaged their vehicles.

Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Daheri, director of Central Operations Sector of the Abu Dhabi Police, said the truck driver was detained as he violated traffic rules, despite warnings that trucks should not be driven during fog, and caused damage to vehicles and endangered lives.

The accident involving 44 vehicles occurred on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Road in Al Samha, in which 22 people were injured. The cause of the pile-up was tailgating and speeding in foggy weather, according to police.

Drivers of trucks and buses transporting workers were restricted by the police from taking to the road during fog and during peak morning and evening hours — from 6.30am to 8am and from 3pm to 6pm.