Three killed in car collision

SHARJAH — Three people were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a four-wheel drive vehicle driven by a woman.

By Mohsen Rashid

Published: Thu 24 May 2007, 8:34 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:27 AM

The deceased were identified as Hassan Mohammed Ibrahim Al Salanti, a geography teacher, his son Mahmoud, and Taha Hussein, physical education instructor.

Al Salanti's two other sons, Magdi and Mohammed, were battling for their lives in Rashid Hospital.

Al Salanti was on his way from Al Dhaid to Nazwa to drop his sons at the Nazwa School. The children were to sit for their final exams, which commenced yesterday.

According to the colleagues of Al Salanti and Taha Hussein, this was probably the first time that Taha had hitched a ride with Al Salanti because he used to go to school on his motor-cycle.

Al Salanti lived in Al Dhaid while Taha lived in Fujairah. It is not known why on the fateful day the two were travelling together.

According to information available, Al Salanti's car was cruising on the dual carriageway at 8 am when suddenly a Jeep car driven by a woman emerged from a farmhouse. Before Al Salanti could exercise his reflexes, his car rammed into the other vehicle killing Al Salanti and Taha on the spot.

The principal of the school in which Al Salanti worked, Abdullah Khalil Al Shamsi, as well as some teachers who noticed the accident, could rescue only the three children, one of whom later succumbed to his injuries.

The family of Taha Hussein in Egypt was informed about the tragedy and arrangements were being made to send his body home.

The widow of Al Salanti, who also is a teacher, requested the authorities to bury her husband's body in the graveyard of Al Dhaid next to the grave of his son who had died some years ago.

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