Three people, including a woman, were killed and 16 others sustained moderate to serious injuries in two separate traffic accidents in Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday.
A 27-year-old Asian woman and a 26-year-old Arab man succumbed to the injuries they received while five others sustained injuries including fractures in the first accident, according to a senior police officer.
Lt-Col Ahmed Al Naqbi, Acting Director of the RAK Traffic and Patrols Department, blamed the tragic accident on speeding.
“The two victims, identified only as M.F. and N.S., were travelling in the same car along with three other expatriates, two men, S.A., 38, and A.S., 30, and an Asian woman, A.B., 32 when the accident happened.”
The motorist, an Asian woman, A.B., who was driving at high speed on the Shaikh Mohammed bin Salem road, RAK city, lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road.
“The woman then collided with several road barriers and side restaurants, and finally hit a heavy truck parked at the road side.
Lt-Col Al Naqbi said the two Asian men in the heavy truck, M.A, 32, and 37, M.A., received injuries while all the five people in the first car were seriously wounded.
“Two of the five passengers in the first car succumbed to their injuries whereas the car was totally damaged.”
The Central Operations Room of the RAK Police, alerted of the accident, rushed to the scene, and shifted all the injured people to the hospital. “The bodies of the dead people were shifted to the hospital morgue for further procedures.”
In another accident, a 30-year-old Emirati man, identified as A.A.K., was killed after the car he was travelling in turned turtle on one of the RAK city internal roads.
“The 11 members of his family travelling in his car received moderate to serious injuries in the same tragic accident.”
Lt-Col Al Naqbi said the victim was “driving properly” in the right lane when a heavy truck suddenly took a turn in front of him.
“The Emirati man tried to avoid colliding with the truck, but lost control over the steering wheel.”
The victim’s car overturned several times and he died on the spot, while all the 11 members of his family were wounded, he added, noting that all the passengers were shifted to the hospital for treatment.
“The bodies concerned are now investigating the two accidents to take legal action,” Lt-Col Al Naqbi said, urging motorists to abide by traffic rules and regulations.