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Abu Dhabi crash involving 127 vehicles

nissar@khaleejtimes.com Filed on April 2, 2011
Abu Dhabi crash involving 127 vehicles

More than 60 people were injured and one killed in a fatal multiple road crash involving 127 vehicles on Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Highway from Abu Dhabi to Dubai on Saturday morning.

According to Abu Dhabi Police and eye-witnesses, the multiple road collision happened at around 8am on Saturday due to dense fog, bringing the weekend’s heavy traffic flow between the two emirates to a standstill till 10:45am.

On Saturday morning, it was again March with its typical seasonal heavy fog and reckless driving that happened on March 2008 that claimed three lives and injured 300. Also it was the same stretch or sector of the highway – between Samhah and Seih Showaib interchanges where over 200 vehicles were involved in the similar pile-up in 2008.

Saturday’s accident, leaving a tail of vehicles over one kilometre, happened between Taweelah and Samhah interchanges.

The General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police said only one person, an Asian, was killed in the multiple chain reaction of the crash between 127 vehicles with 61 injured.

‘The accident was caused by both bad weather (dense fog) and human error. Despite of poor visibility due to heavy fog, most of the drivers on Saturday morning did not abide by speed control and maintaining distance,’ said Major General Mohammed Al Awadi Al Menhali, Director General of Police Operations at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters.

He advised and warned motorists to be more cautious under such weather conditions, particularly in early hours when the external roads and highways are badly affected by heavy fogs.

Nissar Hoath


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