Pile-ups injure nine on Dubai Bypass Road

Dust kicked up by wind reduced visibility across the UAE on Thursday morning and caused a string of pileups involving 23 vehicles on Dubai Bypass Road in which at least nine people were injured.

By Amira Agarib (news@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Fri 13 Apr 2012, 1:34 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:29 PM

On hearing the news, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, rushed to the area and instructed the police to immediately assist the victims and remove the vehicles fast from the road to avoid traffic snarls.

He reviewed the traffic and security measures taken and oversaw the shifting of the injured to the hospitals.

Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said Shaikh Hamdan was keen to come to the accident scene to ensure that the injured got the needed medical assistance and those who were severely injured were rushed to the hospitals by the Dubai Ambulance. Of the victims, one was severely injured, two had moderate injuries and six suffered minor injuries.

Shaikh Hamdan ordered the removal of the damaged cars from the road to prevent more accidents and traffic jams.

He attributed the pile-ups to the dust in the air which reduced visibility in the open area. He also blamed the motorists for not taking precautionary measures. Speeding by some of them worsened the situation.

Several vehicles involved in the pile-ups were badly damaged, he pointed out, and said drivers must be careful in such weather. He called on all motorists to strictly abide by traffic laws and the instructions issued by the Roads and Transport Authority especially during bad weather. He also advised them to watch the warning messages on screens put up in all parts of Dubai about the road and weather conditions. Motorists must park their vehicles in safe places if the visibility dips to this level.

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