An Omani woman and her driver were critically injured when their car collided with another near Carrefour in Al Jimmi area on Friday. An eyewitness told Khaleej Times that the Omani driver entered the road at high speed and possibly jumped the signal.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Sun 20 Nov 2005, 12:54 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:08 PM

"At the same time, the driver in the other vehicle, a UAE national, drove in resulting in the collision between the two cars," he said, adding that the lady's vehicle went on to ram into the traffic signal.

The UAE national was not injured, but he was in a state of panic. Passersby tried to open the car door to pull out the two injured persons, but could not succeed.

Meanwhile, the police, alerted by a bystander, rushed the Ambulance and Rescue Unit besides two police patrol cars. The police dispersed the crowd and went about the rescue operation. Both the persons inside the car were unconscious and seriously injured.

The ambulance shifted the woman to the intensive care unit of a hospital.

An official source from Al Ain Police appealed to car drivers not to speed and to follow traffic regulations.

The Road Safety Community Project that was recently conducted by Al Ain Men's College revealed that 86 persons died on Al Ain's roads in 2004 in accidents, and 60 per cent of all fatal accidents in the UAE involved youngsters.

The project's findings revealed that the cause of accidents included driving without a licence, chatting on the mobile while driving, and the growing problem of young drivers racing each other with deadly consequences for other drivers and pedestrians.

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