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Accidents claim 3 more lives, injure four in Sharjah

Afkar Abdullah / 19 August 2011

SHARJAH — Horrific accidents, especially due to speeding, continue unabated in Sharjah with the latest one happening on Thursday claiming the lives of two Indians and causing severe injuries to four others in Al Dhaid area.

This follows another accident on Wednesday in which an Egyptian woman died on the spot as her car crashed into a vehicle which was moving in the opposite direction but jumped the divider and landed on her lane after its young Arab driver lost control over the wheel in Al Mirgab area. He suffered moderate injuries. These have happened despite the warnings by the police against speeding and deployment of more patrols at intersections and roads in view of Ramadan and after a slew of accidents over the past one week.

In Thursday’s accident, a four-wheel drive hit the road divider and rolled several times in Al Dhaid area after its driver lost control over the vehicle due to speeding, killing two persons aged 54 and 30 and injuring four other travellers badly in the afternoon, the police said.

Three of the injured were rushed to the nearby Al Dhaid Hospital and the fourth person to Al Qasimi Hospital.

The police patrols and rescue team had to use gas cutters to cut the door open and remove the victims who were trapped inside.

On Wednesday afternoon, a 45-year-old Egyptian woman died in a horrific accident though she was driving her car in the right direction and abiding by the speed limit. All of a sudden, a car landed on her lane. It was driven at high speed by an Arab youth who lost control over the vehicle which hit the concrete divider and jumped to the lane for vehicles moving in the opposite direction. The woman’s car crashed into it, killing her instantly.

A police officer said they rushed to the scene after getting an alert but the woman had already died. The body and the injured youth were shifted to Al Kuwaiti Hospital. Following the horrific accidents that happened over the past week, the police had deployed more patrols at intersections, roundabouts and crowded areas like around shopping centres. The police had also issued several warnings, asking people to exercise caution and avoid speeding.

Colonel Shawaf Abdurrahman, Director of Traffic and Patrol Section of the Sharjah Police, said patrolling has been intensified to regulate traffic movement, reduce accidents and control law violation during the holy month.

The police once again called on the motorists to adhere to the traffic rules and abide by the speed limits and be cautious while driving before Iftar.


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