17 injured in Abu Dhabi vehicle pileup
Abu Dhabi, January 25, 2014
One driver was seriously injured while 17 others received medium to minor injuries in three different incidents of vehicle pile-up on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway owing to low visibility.
The accident took place at different locations on both sides of the highway; 50 vehicles were damaged, two of them burned completely as fog limited visibility to five metres in some areas, said a statement from Abu Dhabi police.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the accidents occurred due to drivers’ failure to abide by the instructions set out by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police during times of low visibility.
The directorate had urged motorists to exercise caution, pay attention, reduce speed and leave sufficient safe distance between vehicles during such weather conditions, it stated.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Al Mazroui, the acting head of the Peripheral Regions Traffic Department at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate in Abu Dhabi Police, said the vehicle pile up occurred between 7 and 7.30 a.m. at three separate locations on both sides of the highway.
The first accident occurred at the Sih Sameeh region, the inbound lane, injuring two individuals, with injuries ranging between serious to moderate and damaging eight vehicles. The second was in the area just before Sih Sameeh area outbound from Abu Dhabi which led to 11 people sustaing minor to moderate injuries and 12 vehicles getting damaged, he stated.
The third accident occurred just before Al Tawila Bridge outbound from Abu Dhabi in which five people sustained minor to moderate injuries and 30 vehicles were damaged, added Lt.Colonel Al Mazroui.
He said on receiving the information, the Traffic and Patrols Directorate sprung into action and initiated the emergency plan for fog-related incidents, in coordination with the Civil Defense and the Emergency and Public Safety Department.
“The directorate closed the road to traffic and redirected commuters to alternative routes to prevent further collisions. The injured were given first-aid at the scene of the accident before being transferred to Al Rahba hospital for further treatment," stated Lt.Colonel Al Mazroui.
The police also put out the two cars that caught fire, and removed the damaged vehicles, he added.-TradeArabia News Service