12-year-old Haj pilgrim killed in road accident

ABU DHABI — A 12-year-old Emirati boy who had gone with his family for Haj died on Saturday night in a road accident involving a pilgrims’ bus and a truck.

By Adel Arafah (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Mon 24 Dec 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:20 AM

More than 30 people suffered minor to serious injuries in the accident which took place after 69-kilometre on the Aryam island on the Ghuwaifat-Abu Dhabi international highway.

On receiving information, ambulances and emergency and safety units of Abu Dhabi Police, supported by the Air Wing and Civil Defence personnel, reached the scene of the accident and provided the necessary services and assistance.

Two seriously injured persons were airlifted to Mafraq hospital while nine others were taken to the hospital by a mobile clinic.

Major Ahmed Abdullah Al Shamsi, Head of Traffic and Patrols, Tarif Police, blamed the bus driver for the accident as he was travelling at excessive speed and knocked from behind the truck that was travelling on the same direction.

He added that more patrols will be deployed to ensure safe return of pilgrims and to offer any assistance if needed through the mobile mechanical workshop.

Major Jamal Al Za’abi, Director of Ghuwaifat border checkpoint, announced that Minister of Interior Lt-Gen. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan has instructed that four tents be built to receive pilgrims coming home by land.

One tent is allocated for men, another for women.

The third is used as a clinic and the fourth is for processing entry travel formalities.

“Around 20,000 pilgrims in 750 buses arrived home in the last 48 hours since the dawn of Friday up to yesterday,” Jamal Al Za’abi added.

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