Father fighting for life after Maleha-Sharjah crash

Police say man might have fallen asleep at wheel on return from Umrah pilgrimage

Image Credit: Saleem Mohammad
Five people from one family were killed in a road accident in Kalba.
12 Gulf News

Sharjah: The Pakistani man whose wife and three children died in a horrific road accident on the Maleha-Sharjah road on Saturday continues to battle for his life in Al Dhaid Hospital.

The family were apparently returning from Umrah in Makkah. Police found in the car Zam Zam water bottles, which people bring back from Makkah after the pilgrimage.

Police suspect that the Pakistani man, who hasn’t yet been identified, dozed off due to exhaustion, leading to the tragic collision with another car that killed five people. They said the family was travelling in a saloon that reportedly veered off the road, jumped over the barrier and crashed into an oncoming four-wheel-drive vehicle driven by a young Emirati man.

Anjad Police and paramedics rushed to the scene after Sharjah Police operation room received a call at 6.10pm on Saturday reporting the accident.

Colonel Saif Mohammad Al Zari, Director of Eastern Region of Sharjah Police, went to the scene to follow up the accident .

Colonel Al Zari said that the accident happened due to speeding and lack of attention.

As Gulf News reported yesterday, the impact of the collision was such that the car in which the family was travelling split into several pieces and the victims died on the spot.

The victims include the Pakistani driver’s 33-year-old wife, his four-year-old son and two daughters, aged seven and two.

The father was rushed to Al Dhaid Hospital in a critical condition with severe head injuries and, according to an official at the hospital, his condition continues to remain critical.

The Pakistani family is believed to be from Kalba city, but they have not been identified as yet, while police and hospital officials are trying their best to reach their relatives.

The Emirati victim, 27, who was driving the four wheel drive vehicle, has been identified as Y.M. from Khor Fakkan. He was buried there on Saturday at around 10.30pm.

Colonel Sultan Al Khayal, head of the media department at Sharjah Police, said on Sunday that they believe the Pakistani driver was exhausted due to the long drive and fell asleep at the time of the crash.

The Pakistani family crossed the border of Ghuwaifat on Saturday morning entering the UAE from Saudi Arabia.

Colonel Al Khayal urged all motorists to respect and abide by traffic laws which focus on the safety of all road users. He also urged motorists not to drive when they are exhausted, which could lead to fatal accidents.