DUBAI: Eight people have been killed and 141 injured in a 200-car pile up on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway on Tuesday morning.
Early reports said only four died. Abu Dhabi officials told the Associated Press that more than 50 vehicles were involved in the accident. The UAE-based news website ArabianBusiness said 92 cars had caught on fire in the smash-ups.
It was a disaster scene, everyone was speeding and after the first crash happened people just started hitting each other, Khamis Mohamed, deputy of traffic and patrol Abu Dhabi Police, told UAE daily Gulf News, adding that there were six buses on site carrying laborers, three of them with 50 passengers each.
Eyewitnesses described the scene as “mayhem.
There was a car that is completely charred, that is all I can tell – I cannot tell the brand, or if it s one car or two. All I can say is that it was once white, Rami Dia, a 31-year-old business development manager, told ArabianBusiness.com.
It s mayhem… I live in Egypt, which is the most dangerous place to drive in the world. This is the worst accident I ve ever seen.
Police told AP that thick fog was the cause of the accident, which took place during rush hour. Authorities cordoned off the site of the accident, backing up traffic for miles, the officials added.