Top cop says crash highlights danger
The UAE’s top traffic cop has reiterated his call to ban the use of minibuses to transport people following a crash that left seven dead and 13 others injured.
General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, head of the Federal Traffic Council, has asked the Ministry of Interior to give the green light to a recommendation by the council that would mean the vehicles could only be used to carry goods.
“Minibuses are a dangerous way to transport workers,” he told 7DAYS yesterday. “They must be banned as any accident involving them can result in many deaths, just like Tuesday’s accident. They are like sardine cans.”
Al Zafeen added: “The authority needs to do something with minibuses in order to lower the number of deaths on the roads.”
Tuesday’s crash took place about 8am near Al Maktoum International Airport on Emirates Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
The minibus was carrying 20 people. The driver was among those killed.
The crash is still under investigation, however police said initial enquiries show the By Ali Al Shouk minibus collided with a lorry that had stopped in the middle of the carriageway after a minor accident with another vehicle. The lorry was carrying 70 tonnes of rubble.
The vehicles stopped in the third lane and the minibus driver, who police believe was not paying attention to the road, crashed into the rear of the stationary lorry.
A number of the occupants were trapped in the wreckage of the bus and police used hydraulic tools to free them.
Those injured in the accident were taken to Rashid Hospital in Dubai.
“Bus drivers must be extra careful when they are driving on highways. The driver didn’t notice the lorry and crashed into it at high speed,” said General Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Dubai Traffic Police.
Traffic Prosecution is investigating the accident and will question witnesses.
FATAL: The wreckage of the minibus that crashed this week on Emirates Road in Dubai