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Three people killed, 11 injured in Dubai traffic accidents

Jumping red lights caused deaths and injuries

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Dubai: Three people were killed and another 11 sustained severe to moderate injuries in three separate accidents in Dubai on Friday and early Saturday, a senior official told Gulf News on Saturday.

An Asian driver caused his wife’s death and injured his 18-month-old daughter after he jumped a red light and caused a five-car pile-up in Al Rashidiya on Friday.

The man who was driving a minibus he jumped the red light underneath Business Bay Bridge at the Umm Al Rumoul junction around 2.30pm and hit another car, driven by a 19-year-old pregnant Emirati woman, according to Senior Chief Traffic Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha, Head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution (TPP).

“Surveillance cameras at the junction showed the Asian man, according to the on-site investigations that were conducted at Al Rashidiya. The man’s 23-year-old wife died while two other passengers, who were in the bus, were injured. The impact of the accident threw the man’s 18-month-old daughter out of the window and she landed under one of the cars. The baby girl sustained serious injuries,” Bu Farousha told Gulf News.

The pregnant woman escaped with minor injuries while her 29-year-old sister sustained moderate injuries.

“Six hours after this accident, another Asian driver jumped a red light on Beirut Street and caused one death and five injuries in another five-car crash. Dubai Police’s surveillance cameras revealed that an Asian man driving a minibus jumped the red light and caused the crash at 9.15pm. He sustained serious injuries and caused the death of one of the passengers, who was thrown out of the vehicle,” said Bu Farousha.

A passenger sustained serious injuries and three others had minor injuries while four cars were wrecked in this accident, according to Bu Farousha.

“We immediately notified Dubai Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan about the two massive accidents. TPP’s investigations are under process and the required legal procedures have been taken against those who caused the accidents,” said Bu Farousha, who called on road users to be more attentive and law-abiding while driving.

Early on Saturday morning, a 47-year-old Pakistani driver died when he suffered a suspected heart attack while trying to park his car around 8.30am on the shoulder of the road facing Crowne Plaza Hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road.

“According to primary investigations, his family confirmed that he had heart problems. Further medical checkups will confirm the real cause of the death of the driver, who hit the pavement when he tried to pull over. Essam Eisa Al Humaidan has instructed that swift and full-fledged investigations be carried out immediately and to ensure that all required legal actions be enforced,” Bu Farousha told Gulf News on Saturday.

Five minutes prior to that accident, according to him, a speeding Jordanian driver caused two people major injuries when he crashed into a car in front of him on Beirut Street at 8.25am.

The 18-year-old Jordanian, who was unharmed, failed to keep a safe distance between his car and the car in front of him.

“The car in front bounced forward and hit a lamppost due to the impact. The driver and a passenger suffered serious injuries and were rushed to hospital. According to eyewitnesses the Jordanian was speeding and couldn’t avoid crashing into the car from behind although the car had slowed down and had almost come to a stop,” said Bu Farousha.

Meanwhile, an Indian driver ran over an unknown pedestrian and caused him critical injuries in Tecom area on an inner road around 2pm on Friday,

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of Dubai Police Traffic Department, said on Saturday