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Officials issue fog warning after 20-car smash

One person killed and 38 injured; police blame poor visibility, speeding drivers.

Officials issue fog warning after 20-car smash
PILE-UP: Police said poor visibility and speeding drivers were to blame for the 20 car smash. (Dubai Police)

Officials have issued a fresh warning to motorists to drive carefully amid foggy early-morning weather after poor visibility caused a 20-car pile-up on Wednesday in which one person was killed.

Dubai Police said the accident on the Jebel Ali to Lehbab road, near the roundabout with Emirates Road, was caused by drivers speeding and not paying attention, according to a report in 7days.

Thirty eight people were injured in the accident, which started when a minibus carrying 30 labourers collided with a lorry. Three are reported to be in a critical condition in hospital.

According to the report, the driver of the minibus was killed when a cement mixer smashed into the back of his vehicle seconds later.

Visibility was down to just 300m, weathermen said.

“It was foggy and the driver of the cement mixer hadn’t seen the accident. The bus driver died at the scene,” Colonel Anas Al Matroushi, deputy director of the Transport Operations Room in Dubai, told the paper.

Forecasters said the fog is set to continue over the next few days.

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Bill Carter 10 years ago

When is something going to be be done about educating drivers on what to do in fog. Why issue leaflets at petrol stations in various languages stating. Switch on HEADLIGHTS. Do NOT use hazard lights while moving. SLOW DOWN. Very Very simple!!!

Jezinho 10 years ago

Well said Bill - the voice of reason. It should not take tragic accidents like this to show drivers that extra care and attention is required when driving in fog. Here in Bahrain, the use of hazard lights is common - how on earth are drivers meant to indicate to others that they are stationary? It defies common sense. The police should put adverts in all newspapers to educate drivers accordingly.

Oli69 10 years ago

Education, education, education.. The issue of hazard lights is so big here, I've never seen it like this anywhere else! Same with tailgating and especially rubbernecking! For any of these 3 violations I would simply remove their driving license and make them pass the exam again... this time in europe or the US...

Billy 10 years ago

In the UK it is illegal to use hazard lights on a moving vehicle. Therefore in foggy conditions if you see hazard lights flashing in the UK you know the vehicle has stopped and you are well aware there is therefore a hazard to avoid. Here in Dubai the mindless idiots who insist on driving with their hazard lights on are therefore responsible for creating an environment where drivers are being killed. If the UK system was adopted and rigorously enforced by the police then at least drivers would save a critical few seconds of reaction time in the event of an accident which would inevitably save lives.

Raj 10 years ago

Perhaps some of the Driving schools and their instructors/examiners need to be re-tested. A good majority of the drivers on teh UAE roads have come through them over the pas 15-20 years.. Its high time a comprehensive written test is intrudeced before the actual road test? If students are thorough on the theory and know why or what needs to be done, a large number of accidents will be cut down.

Brit happy to be here 10 years ago

I can't believe that it has been almost two years since that dreadful accident, and still people insist on using their hazard lights. BTW I passed my test here 17 years ago, I don't use mine, so you can't blame the UAE testing authorities - I remember being told by my instructors not to use them unless being stopped at the side of the road. It's bad habits picked up in other home nations that lead to this catastrophe. Perhaps the authorities can look at fining people for breaking that law as well?