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11 injured in Dubai accidents in past 24 hours

Eleven people have been injured in four accidents on Dubai's roads over the past 24 hours, police have said.

There have been a spate of accidents in Dubai over the last 24 hours.
There have been a spate of accidents in Dubai over the last 24 hours.

DUBAI // Eleven people have been injured in four accidents on Dubai’s roads over the last 24 hours, police said.

In a statement, the head of Dubai Traffic Police, Major General Mohammed al Zafin said that the first accident took place at 7.30am on Monday.

Four vehicles were involved in a collision on Al Khawaneej Road, resulting in a minibus hitting a curb and flipping over. Three people were hurt in the accident, with injuries ranging from minor to severe.

While rescue crews were involved in clearing the damage, other road users slowing to see what was happening caused a further accident.

Four cars were involved in a pile up, just metres away from the first incident.

“This is a result of the curiosity of other drivers looking at the accident and not leaving enough space between the cars,” said Maj Gen al Zafin.

One person was severely injured in the crash and another received moderate injuries.

The third accident occurred on the Lehbab road at 10.30pm on Monday, involving two cars, with two injuries.

The fourth accident, on Tuesday morning at 7.30am, took place when a minibus carrying four construction workers overturned on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

Two were seriously injured, and two others suffered light injuries.

A spokesman for Rashid Hospital was unavailable for comment on the condition of the patients.

The accident on Tuesday morning caused huge tailbacks for commuters traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Eyewitnesses reported that in addition to the minibus turning over, there had been a second accident involving a Peugeot and a G4S security van.

“There are two accidents not only one,” one Twitter user, Hadeel AlFar. “They are scary with five ambulances.”

Police had no record of the second accident this morning. An official at Dubai Ambulance Service however confirmed that ambulances had been dispatched this morning to two crashes in close proximity.

mcroucher@thenational.ae