x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Family mourns for cousins killed in Dubai crash

Cousins P Saravanan and Kamesh Kumar were travelling to Dubai from the capital when the accident took place near Global Village.

DUBAI// The family of two men who died after their van crashed into a car on a Dubai motorway last month have spoken of their grief.

Cousins P Saravanan, 31, and Kamesh Kumar, 27 - both van salesmen for Abu Dhabi Maritime and Mercantile International - were travelling to Dubai from the capital when the accident happened.

The Indian nationals had planned to send a pair of gold bangles home to India for the first birthday of Saravanan's daughter.

"It was his daughter's birthday on April 2," said Shanmugham, Saravanan's brother, who works in Dubai but is now with the family in south India.

According to police, the crash happened at 10pm on March 31 near Global Village on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

A vehicle's tyre burst and the driver tried to cut across several lanes to the hard shoulder, forcing traffic to slow.

The van carrying Saravanan and Kumar - the driver and passenger - smashed into the back of a car that was forced to brake suddenly.

Emergency crews had to cut the vehicle open to rescue them. Both men died of their injuries in hospital the same night. They were cremated last Thursday.

Shanmugham said: "Saravanan's wife is extremely upset. I am trying to talk to my parents and help them come out of their grief. He was planning to travel home for his daughter's birthday but I persuaded him to stay longer so we could travel together. If I'd not stopped him, we wouldn't have lost him."

pkannan@thenational.ae