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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Seven Emiratis injured in accident involving car driven by unlicensed teen in RAK 

The 16-year-old Emirati was driving without a licence and crashed into a truck, police said

Seven Emirati teenagers were injured in a car accident seemingly caused by an underage driver on Al Ghail road in Ras Al Khaimah on Friday.

The children, aged between 13 and 16, suffered "severe to moderate injuries" after their car collided with a truck.

Police said the eldest of the seven was driving the vehicle without a licence and lost control of the car after attempting to overtake a truck on a two-way road.

“Initial investigations showed that the Emirati driver, who doesn’t have a driving licence, tried to overtake a truck and didn’t notice a car coming from the opposite direction," said Brig Dr Mohammed Al Humaidi, director general of central operations at RAK Police. "That forced him to speed and hit the truck’s front wheel.

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“He lost control over the steering wheel due to the impact which made the vehicle veer off the road and overturn several times," Brig Dr Al Humaidi said.

"Some of the passengers were thrown out of the vehicle due to the collision and those were severely injured".

They were all taken to Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital for treatment and the case has been referred to public prosecution.

Brig Al Humaidi urged parents to keep an eye on their children and never allow them to drive without first earning a licence.

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