Road horror in Abu Dhabi; casualties feared

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Road horror in Abu Dhabi; casualties feared
Staff Reporter KHALEEJ TIMES 11 March 2008

In what seems to be the worst accident to be ever recorded in the history of the United Arab Emirates, more than a 150 cars were involved in a massive pile-up on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, that according to early estimates might have claimed more than ten people. About 40 were also reported injured.

The injured, some of them in critical condition have been rushed to the Khalifa Hospital. Rescue teams from Dubai and Abu Dhabi swung into action immediately as ambulances, helicopters and patrol cars were rushed to the scene.

Police sources have blamed poor visibility condition brought about by the fog for the crash.

Two eyewitnesses on the scene of the mishap recounted the tragedy as it unfolded before their eyes. Zeeshan Javed a regular commuter on the stretch says that he just escaped ‘by a whisker’ as the cars in front of smashed into each other. “It was a big pile up. I personally counted about eighty cars that had been wrecked beyond recognition. Even though emergency units were quick to respond the fact remains that there have been casualities. I have never seen an accident of this magnitude. Some cars that had caught fire were charred beyond recognition. This has to be the worst ever.”

Horrific accident on Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway near Ghantoot
Staff Report GULF NEWS Published: March 11, 2008, 10:35

Ghantoot: Many are feared dead after an horrific accident involving 31 cars blocked the Abu Dhabi to Dubai highway near Ghantoot.

Police have confirmed that there are fatalities and several injuries but have yet to say how many people were killed in the accident which happened on Tuesday morning.

Witnesses have said that three or four cars were on fire after the accident.

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