SHARJAH // Four people have been killed after a van carrying a gas canister crashed into a car at high speed and exploded.
Bad weather and speeding were blamed for the accident on Al Dhaid Road on Monday night near interchange 6 in Rahmania.
Three people were in the van when it veered out of its lane and smashed into a Toyota Avalon.
The crash caused a gas canister in the van to explode, setting fire to both vehicles. The Toyota's Emirati driver was taken to Al Qassimi hospital but was pronounced dead a few minutes after arrival.
The three other victims, all Asian men, including the van driver, died at the scene. Their bodies were taken to a police forensic laboratory.
Police have appealed to motorists to be extra careful when driving in bad weather. "Most accidents on rainy days are avoidable once drivers learn to be very careful and take extra control of their cars," said Col Shawaf Mohammed Abdul Rahman, director of the patrols unit at Sharjah Police.
"Not speeding and leaving enough space between cars is very important at this time."
Col Rahman urged anyone planning on heading to the coast or out to sea to check weather reports before entering the water as the rough weather can make conditions dangerous.