YouTube video of crash

Video website shows 200-car pile-up in UAE which has claimed 8 lives, 85 injured.
YouTube video of crash
By Talal Malik
Tue 11 Mar 2008 03:34 PM

Website YouTube.com has video coverage of the devastating 200-car pileup on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway on Tuesday morning, which killed eight people and injured 85.

"Oh my God, it's horrible... looks almost like a natural calamity," said one user of the site.

Eye-witnesses and emergency workers said the cars smashed into each other in thick fog at around 6.45 am (0245 GMT) on the Dubai-bound side of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Road.

Ninety-two cars caught fire in the smash-ups, said Khalifa Al Darrai, chief executive of the Ambulance Service Centre in Dubai.

"Patients were lying on the road. Thankfully, they had abandoned their cars or else the death toll would have risen significantly," Al Darrai said.

Sources at Rashid Hospital in Dubai said that 40 people were admitted to their emergency department, but 20 were discharged after being given treatment. Casualties were also taken to Al Rahba and Al Mafraq hospitals in Abu Dhabi.

"It was a disaster scene, everyone was speeding and after the first crash happened people just started hitting each other," Khamis I. Mohammad, deputy of traffic and patrol Abu Dhabi police said.

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