Abu Dhabi: The driver of a van and three passengers were involved in a serious car crash on Mussafah Bridge at 8.30am Thursday, leaving three dead and one critically wounded.
The car was on its way to the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, heading to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, when the an Abu Dhabi police official said the driver lost control of his vehicle. Police investigations reveal that the driver was speeding. The van landed on the side-street pavement, and smashed into an electricity box on the left side of the road.
The van instantly caught fire but posed no danger to other vehicles. According to a police statement sent to Gulf News however, the accident involved that one vehicle, carrying four males, all of Arabian origin.
The Abu Dhabi police transferred the critically injured survivor via ambulance to the Preventive Medicine Department, which is where the three deceased are also thought to have been taken.
However despite several attempts, Gulf News was unable to reach health officials at the department.
Lieutenant Jaber Al Mansouri, Manager at the accident section, in the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate said the accident scene was cleared quickly to allow traffic flow to resume.
This reporter was driving on the opposite side of the Mussafah Bridge at 9.30am, and witnessed various patrol cars and civil defence officers clearing the road.
There was a back up of what seemed like hundreds of vehicles with police officers trying to control the traffic congestion that followed the car accident.