Fa­ther’s hor­ror af­ter wit­ness­ing McDon­ald’s crash

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By Nawal Al Ramahi A fa­ther has spo­ken of his hor­ror af­ter wit­ness­ing a pick-up truck crash­ing into a McDon­ald’s restau­rant in Aj­man as he was din­ing with his fam­ily - killing his mother-in-law and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing his son.

On Sun­day evening, the truck driven by a 23-yearold Emi­rati rammed into the McDon­ald’s at the Ep­pco petrol sta­tion in the Al Hu­maid­iya area of Aj­man, killing two peo­ple on the spot and in­jur­ing five oth­ers.

The driver also sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries.

The heart­bro­ken fa­ther, Now­fal Saidu, spoke to 7DAYS from his son’s bed­side in hos­pi­tal with tears in his eyes.

Saidu said: “My fam­ily vis­ited the GMC hos­pi­tal on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“My wife is in the third month of preg­nancy. We then went to McDon­ald’s to have din­ner.

“I made an or­der and paid for it. My wife went with our son, Eshan, to the bath­room. Eshan came back and sat at a ta­ble next to the restau­rant’s main door.”

The 30-year-old In­dian ex­pat said he heard a noise and looked be­hind to see a pick-up ram into the restau­rant and in­jured peo­ple ly­ing on the floor. Shocked, he searched for his fam­ily but found no one.

A few sec­onds later, he saw his son caught be­tween the car and the pave­ment.

Saidu said: “I was shocked with my eyes full of tears. I thought he was al­ready dead. I shouted at the crowd to help me res­cue my son.

“I didn’t know what to do. I was to­tally shocked. Res­cue teams ar­rived at the scene and trans­ferred my son to Sheikh Khal­ifa Hos­pi­tal.”

Po­lice of­fi­cials said the driver suf­fered an epilep­tic seizure caus­ing him to lose con­trol of the wheel of his Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado.

As well as Saidu’s mother-in-law, a nine-yearold boy also died in the ac­ci­dent.

CARNAGE: Aj­man po­lice re­leased this pic­tured from the ac­ci­dent scene on Sun­day

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