'Horrific' 32-car pile-up in Dubai fog injures 14 people

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Source:  www.thenational.ae

DUBAI // Sixteen people have been injured and two cars were gutted by fire in a 32-car pile-up this morning on Dubai Bypass Road.

  A scene following a 35 car-pile up on the Dubai Bypass road.  Courtesy of Dubai Police
A scene following a 35 car-pile up on the Dubai Bypass road. Courtesy of Dubai Police

Brigadier Omar Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi of Dubai Police said the dense fog and high speeds caused the accident. Three people have moderate injuries and another 13 have minor injuries, he said.

Two cars caught fire and 10 others were severely damaged, he said, adding that the remaining vehicles suffered medium to minor damage.

A witness described the scene as “horrific” in a tweet about the accident.

Aamna Al Ahmed said in her tweet that police had to block several lanes of traffic.

“As the fog lasted between 5am and 8am, the command and control centre received 418 phone calls, while on Monday we received 391 phone calls in that same time slot,” Brig Gen Al Shamsi said.

He called on motorists to exercise caution on the road, especially when thick fog builds up, often between midnight and early morning. He also urged drivers never to use their hazard lights unless there was an accident, and advised them to check the weather forecast before going out on the road.

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