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15 migrant workers killed in Dubai bus crash

The wreckage of an overturned bus is pictured after an accident on a street in Dubai May 10, 2014. The bus, which was carrying 29 workers, collided with a truck on Saturday, killing 13 people and injuring the rest, according to the police. (REUTERS/Dubai Police/Handout via Reuters)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: State media in the United Arab Emirates say 15 Asian migrant workers have been killed in a bus crash in Dubai.

The WAM news agency said the laborers were killed Saturday when their bus rammed into a truck parked on the shoulder of a major highway that passes along the outskirts of the Mideast commercial hub. Thirteen others were reported injured.

The government-owned National newspaper reported Sunday that at least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.

Blue-collar South Asian migrant laborers dominate the workforce in Dubai. They primarily live in basic dormitory accommodations and travel to job sites on privately run buses.

In February 2013, at least 22 migrant workers died when a gravel-filled truck with faulty brakes rammed their bus.

 

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