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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 August 2018

Three dead and eight hurt in crash on Dubai road

Emirates Road was partially closed after minibus and lorry collide

Three people died when the minibus collided with a low-backed lorry on Monday afternoon. Courtesy: Dubai Police
Three people died when the minibus collided with a low-backed lorry on Monday afternoon. Courtesy: Dubai Police

Three people died and eight were injured when a minibus collided with a lorry on a busy Dubai road on Monday afternoon.

Dubai Police said the accident happened at 1pm on Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah, close to the Maliha Road exit.

The minibus appeared to have ploughed into the back of the low transport vehicle, badly damaging the front section.

Of the injured, six were seriously hurt.

An image of the damaged lorry. Courtesy: Dubai Police
An image of the damaged lorry. Courtesy: Dubai Police

Brigadier General Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, head of Dubai Traffic Police, said it appeared the minibus had been too close to the vehicle in front.

He urged drivers to be aware of the dangers of tailgating and failing to pay attention to the road ahead.

Speaking last year, Roshanara Sait, director of Ciel Marketing and Events, which organises road safety campaigns, said drivers often overestimate their skills and believe their vehicle can come to a stop faster than it can.

“At 40kph, the stopping distance required is 15 metres, as the speed doubles the distance quadruples,” she said.

“A driver should maintain a three-second gap behind any vehicle in front. This rule helps to reduce the risk of collision and the severity of the collision.”

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