x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Four die in Dubai crashes

Asian men die instantly after a speeding car ploughs into them on the Business Bay Crossing.

DUBAI // Three Asian men died instantly yesterday after a speeding car ploughed into them on the Business Bay Crossing. Two of the men had parked on the hard shoulder to help the third, a stranded motorist, when a vehicle driven by a Syrian expatriate ran into them. He had been trying to avoid crashing into the stalled car.

The bodies of two of the men were thrown off the bridge and into a sand pit. The third was left lying on the motorway heading towards Bur Dubai, said Salah Bu Farousha, head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution. "The Syrian man is now being held after Nuhai al Hubaishi, a traffic prosecutor, ordered his detention." Mr Bu Farousha said that according to preliminary investigations, the car of one of the victims, an Indian, broke down and had to stop on the left lane. The other two men parked their car further down the road to assist him. Mr Bu Farousha said that Traffic Public Prosecution would continue questioning the driver, as well as witnesses.

In a separate incident a Bangladeshi motorcyclist died when a driver lost control of his vehicle and ran him down in Al Khor Street on Friday. Police say the driver was intoxicated. There were several other accidents across Dubai over the weekend that caused injuries involving three pedestrians - two Asian men and an Arab girl, aged 18. "Driving recklessly and under the influence of liquor has been the main cause of accidents over the weekend," added Mr Bu Farousha.

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