x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Seven Emiratis injured in Oman road accident

The injured road users have been airlifted to a UAE hospital for further treatment upon the orders of President Sheikh Khalifa.

Seven Emiratis involved in a two-car collision in Oman on Saturday have been airlifted to a UAE hospital for further treatment upon the orders of President Sheikh Khalifa.

It is the third such incident in the past week.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior said the victims, four of whom sustained "severe to moderate injuries", had been admitted to the Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah after the accident, which occurred in the southern Maqshan province.

The dispatched airplane carried an interior ministry officer and medical staff from the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi.

UAE officials had earlier urged Emirati motorists driving their vehicles to other GCC nations to be vigilant on the road to pre-empt any surprises.

Brig Gen Ghaith Al Zaabi, head of traffic coordination at the ministry, renewed his call for motorists to "take into consideration the different traffic environments outside the UAE in terms of the nature of the road and local traffic regulations".

Last week, seven Emirati members of the same Al Ain family perished in a road crash in Salalah. On Thursday, four more Emiratis were injured in a rollover accident.

Brig Gen Al Zaabi noted  there was "ongoing coordination with Omani counterparts to determine the factors and causes that led to these accidents and work towards curbing those factors as much as possible".

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