x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Exploding lorry tyre causes traffic chaos on Sheikh Zayed Road

A lorry caught fire after one of its tyres exploded, triggering a massive hold-up on the Abu Dhabi-bound Sheikh Zayed Road near the Jebel Ali Free Zone on Thursday afternoon.

The lorry, which can be seen here being loaded on to the back of a police vehicle, caught fire after suffering a tyre blowout. The National staff
The lorry, which can be seen here being loaded on to the back of a police vehicle, caught fire after suffering a tyre blowout. The National staff

The National staff

DUBAI // A lorry on fire near the Jebel Ali Free Zone caused a massive hold-up on Sheikh Zayed Road Abu Dhabi-bound on Thursday afternoon.

Dubai Police said the vehicle’s tyre exploded at about 1.50pm.

“The lorry caught fire because its tyre exploded,” said a police spokesman. “It was carrying cement and ceramics. Civil Defence extinguished the fire immediately. There were no injuries.”

Police used social media website Twitter to caution motorists.

“An accident has been reported on SZR before the 7th bridge towards Abu Dhabi. Please drive carefully and use alternative routes,” police tweeted.

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