Two injured as van catches fire after crashing into a car

DUBAI — Two persons travelling in a pick-up van were injured when it caught fire after hitting a car on the Airport Road, while two parked cars were burnt in an accidental fire in a parking lot behind the old bus stand in Deira in two separate incidents yesterday afternoon.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 5 Jul 2006, 10:27 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:08 PM

Dubai Civil Defence teams swiftly extinguished the fires. "The pick-up van rammed into a car that was ahead of it at the temporary signal near Airport Expo," said eye witnesses.

''I didn't notice the signal properly as it is a temporary one. When I saw the red signal, I applied a sudden brake. The pick-up van was just behind me and he also tried to stop, but instead hit the rear side of my car,'' said Altaf Hussain who was driving the Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Meanwhile, Yousuf Alimuddin sustained a head injury as he banged into the van's front glass. Shiblu Hussain, who was driving the van, also suffered a swelling on his head due to the impact.

The van was left on the road with its engine on as the key had fallen somewhere during the accident, said an eye witness who helped the injured get out of the van.

''As the injured were being taken into the ambulance, we were trying to help the police remove the van from the road. Then we suddenly saw flames near the van's steering. There could have been a fuel leakage which triggered the fire that engulfed the entire front portion of the van,'' he said.

Police blocked the traffic on the stretch of airport road after the incident.

Earlier in the day, a BMW four-wheel drive parked behind the old bus stand in Deira caught fire around 1.30pm.

Police said the fire, which started from the vehicle's bonnet, soon spread to a nearby Toyota Corolla.

However, fire fighters from Dubai Civil Defence reached the spot in minutes and prevented the fire from spreading to several other cars parked nearby. An investigation is on to find the exact cause of the fire.

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