Dubai: Ten people were injured in two accidents involving trucks in Dubai on Sunday, an official said.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said some truck drivers are not following speed limits and not leaving safe distance between vehicles which cause many accidents on the roads.
The first accident involving three heavy trucks and a pickup occurred on Emirates Road near Al Aweer exit towards Sharjah. It resulted in serious injuries to three people when a truck driver failed to leave enough distance between the vehicles and crashed into the two trucks and the pickup.
Seven people suffered minor and moderate injuries in an accident involving a bus carrying workers and a pickup on Mohammed Bin Zayed road. “The accident happened at 5:30pm under the fruit market bridge when a pickup crashed into a bus. Workers suffered injures and were transferred to Rashid Hospital and the accident led to closure of three lanes of the road and caused traffic jams. Speeding and not leaving safe distance was the cause of the accident,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.
Meanwhile, Dubai Police said that 29 people died and 339 others injured in 433 serious road accidents in the first seven months of this year because of speeding, failing to leave safe distance and not paying attention to the road.
Last year, police had recorded 45 deaths and 344 injuries in 425 serious accidents for the same reasons.
“Not leaving safe distance killed 21 people this year while not paying attention caused death to three people. Speeding killed 5 people this year,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.
Latest statistics revealed by Dubai Police show a 32 per cent decrease in casualties so far this year as compared to high death rates in the last two years.
During the first half of this year, 76 people were killed compared to 112 deaths during same period of time last year.