One person was killed, while four others were seriously and two more sustained moderate injuries in a spate of traffic accidents that happened in Dubai over the last three days.
Dubai Police Traffic Department Director Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin said the first accident happened around 7.30am on Tuesday, when a car being driven by a woman knocked down a street cleaner, who was working on the left lane of Al Khaleej Street.
“The woman, who was moving along the same laneww, couldn’t dodge him,” he said, noting that the man sustained moderate injuries and was rushed to a hospital by ambulance.
Later that day about 9pm, two motor vehicles collided along a road junction in Al Aweer, near the showrooms, as one car jumped a red light resulting in two people sustaining injuries, with one of the drivers, who was seriously injured, rushed to hospital, he said. The impact of the crash between the two vehicles sent them ramming into a lamppost in the junction, he added. An hour later, a three-year-old boy was run over by a car on a street in Al Matina neighbourhood in Deira, leaving him critically injured. The boy was rushed to hospital.
Maj-Gen Al Zafin said the recurrence of accidents where children were run over, leaving their lives in danger, was disappointing.
“Despite the repeated alerts and warnings to parents on protecting their children from crossing the road alone, or (not paying) attention while they are crossing the street, it seems some parents are less aware and indifferent.”
Another pedestrian was moderately hurt when a car knocked him down on Damascus Street around 2am on Wednesday.
A further accident took place on Wednesday on Damascus Street, when a car hit an Arab man who died on the spot, he said, without elaborating.
He said the last accident in the series happened about 2.30am on Thursday, when two motor vehicles crashed into each other on Al Wasl Street in the Umm Suqeim neighbourhood, causing one of the vehicles to flip over and its driver to sustain serious injuries requiring hospitalisation.