Highway tragedy among series of road incidents
A labourer was hit and killed by a car as he tried to cross Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubai, police said.
The incident on Friday was among a number of emergencies that Dubai Police have had to deal with in recent days.
Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said the Asian worker was thrown dozens of metres on impact and died instantly.
“He decided to cross the road and didn’t care about the speed of the cars, which can reach 120kph,” Al Mazroui said. “A motorist who struck the worker said that he was surprised when he saw the man in front of his car and couldn’t avoid him.”
He added: “Despite our educational campaigns to teach workers about the dangers of jaywalking, some still endanger their lives and the loves of others on the roads. It’s like committing suicide when you cross a highway.” By Ali Al Shouk
In other accidents, a quad bike crashed into a vehicle in Al Awir about 10pm on Saturday. The biker suffered minor injuries.
A bus also caught fire on Al Khail Road on Thursday night, although no one was hurt.
Dubai Police were also called to rescue a man who drove his car into Dubai Creek on Friday morning.
Major Ali Al Naqbi, Head of Maritime Rescue Department at Dubai Police, said they received an emergency call at 6.30am about a car in the creak on the Deira side.
He said: “We rushed to the area and helped rescue the Asian driver. Some people had already jumped in and pulled him out.”
The man was taken to Rashid Hospital, suffering from serious injuries.