Three die in horrific road crash in Abu Dhabi

Two victims were on the way to work while the third was a taxi passenger

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Among the 11 injured, one was serious and four received medium injuries. Six received minor injuries only, the official said.
36 Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Three people died and 11 were injured in a road crash in the capital early on Sunday.

A 14-seater minibus reportedly jumped the red light and collided with a taxi at the intersection of Shaikh Saif Bin Mohammad Street and Al Saada Street in Al Mushrif area in Abu Dhabi, said Major Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director of the Investigation Department at the Traffic Accidents Section at Abu Dhabi Police. Among the deceased, two were travelling in the minibus and other one was the taxi passenger, he said. The bus driver was speeding and he jumped the red light, causing the horrific crash, Al Suwaidi said.

After receiving an alert, ambulance and rescue vehicles rushed to the scene and transferred the dead and the injured to Shaikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, he said.

Among the 11 injured, one was serious and four received medium injuries. Six received minor injuries only, the official said.

Al Suwaidi warned motorists against speeding and jumping the red-light which will cause serious crashes, injuries and death.

Among the three deceased, two are Filipinos and one is an Indian, Gulf News has learned. Emerson Yolip, 26, a Filipino and Shafeer Narippatta, 23,an Indian were petrol station attendants in Mussaffah but the tragedy struck them while going to work in the minibus, a colleague said. The third deceased, another Filipino national was the taxi passenger but his details were not available, he said. Philippine Embassy said it was waiting for the details of the deceased from authorities.

Narippatta, the Indian, recently reached Abu Dhabi for work, the colleague said. The Pakistani driver of the minibus was taken into custody by the police, he said.

“It seems he was sleepy because it was his first trip early morning around 5 am,” he said.

The bodies were being kept at the morgue of Shaikh Khalifa Medical City.

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just today morning i witnessed a minivan driving in excess of 100-110 kmph on dubai airport road. this road is quite busy in the morning and he was jumping lane just to bypass other cars. also minivan was full of passengers . i wanted to complain about him to his office but no number mentioned on the car. God give them some sense of responsibility.

Abbas

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