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Abu Dhabi school bus crash leaves 47 injured, mainly children

Two people still in intensive care in Mafreq hospital after two school buses collide with public transport bus

Abu Dhabi school bus crash leaves 47 injured, mainly children

Forty-seven people were taken to hospital after a major road accident in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning, with nine still in hospital, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has announced. 

Thirty-eight were released from Mafraq hospital shortly after treatment, while nine others remain under observation, news agency WAM reported.

The crash victims, mostly children, were injured when two school buses and a public transport bus collided on the Khaleej Al Arabi Road, after the Mussaffah Bridge in Abu Dhabi, it said.

The accident prompted Seha to put its Mafraq Hospital and the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City on high alert to deal with the cases, said Dr Marwan Al Kaabi, director of Emergency Preparedness at Seha.

Twenty-five people had minor injuries, 20 others had moderate injuries and two were in serious condition, the CEO of Mafraq Hospital, Mohammed Abdullah Al Dhaheri added.

Seven of the nine injured people kept at the hospital sustained fractures, while remaining two are now in intensive care after they underwent surgeries for jaw and thigh injuries.

The medical staff dealt with the emergency in a highly professional manner, he noted.

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