1 killed, 2 hurt in road mishap

RAS AL KHAIMAH — In a tragic mishap that brought to the forefront the problem of stray animals here, one person died and two others were injured when one of the two cars in which they were travelling rammed into a stray donkey and collided with the other car. The accident took place yesterday morning in the Al Jazeerah Al Hamrah along the RAK-Sharjah Road when the Sudanese driver Mohammed Hamed Ahmed hit the wandering animal, which was crossing the highway at its own pace.

By Sadiq A. Salam

Published: Thu 23 Jun 2005, 9:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:07 PM

Eyewitnesses said the speeding vehicle flipped over several times and then smashed into the car of the UAE national Saud Saif Majeed. They said the impact was such that Ahmed died on the spot. On being alerted, the team from the RAK Civil Defence Department rushed to the accident site and brought the victims to the Emergency Department of the Saqer Hospital. The hospital sources said the two injured people had sustained different serious injuries and fractures, and had been admitted to the intensive care unit.

Stray animals are one of the long-standing problems that pose a serious safety and health hazard in the emirate and need to be tackled by all government and social institutions. The RAK Municipality used to levy hefty fines on people who allowed their domestic animals to graze in the emirate’s streets and public areas. The RAK Municipal Council has recently directed that civic body officials put the stray animals immediately to sleep.

Meanwhile, four people were injured in different traffic accidents in Al Nakheel and Al Kharan areas last Tuesday. Rescuers brought all the victims to Saqer Hospital, from where some of them were discharged immediately while the rest had been admitted to the Orthopaedic Ward.

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