x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Baby girl dies in crash blaze

An eight-month-old girl was killed after the SUV in which she was riding crashed with another vehicle.

SHARJAH // An eight-month-old Emirati girl was killed and six other people, including her family members, were injured in a fiery crash as two SUVs collided on Al Ittihad Road on Friday night, police said.

The driver of a Toyota 4Runner entered the highway without checking for traffic, and collided with a Nissan Patrol that was travelling from Ras al Khaimah, said Khamis Bu Haroon, the director general of Umm Al Qaiwain (UAQ) Police.

"The Toyota 4Runner immediately caught fire, and by the time our team arrived to carry the injured to the hospital, the baby had already died," he said.

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"We are urging all motorists to abide by the stipulated speed limits on all roads and obey the traffic rules."

Officials have revised the speed limits on most UAQ roads, and main highways such as Al Ittihad Road, which connects the emirate with Ajman and Ras al Khaimah, have had speed limits reduced to 80kph.

This is the second traffic collision in as many days to have claimed lives in the Northern Emirates.

Another collision claimed two lives on the Ajman Emirates Road about a week ago after a driver attempted to merge with traffic before checking to see that the road was clear.

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