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’Ironic’ death on Dubai freeway

January 5, 20179:54pm

Dubai has some of the world’s most dangerous roads.

AN Emirati national has been killed in a road accident, just 10 minutes after surviving another.

The Khaleej Times reported that the man had survived a car crash on Wednesday, but was “ironically” killed just 10 minutes later in a separate accident.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of General Department of Traffic, said the UAE national had suffered minor injuries when a car he was travelling in collided with a truck, around 4pm local time. A passer-by helped the injured man to the roadside to wait for an ambulance, but he was struck by another car shortly after, killing him instantly.

Dubai's Shiekh Zayed Road has seen some crazy accidents over the years. Picture: Karim Sahib/AFP

Dubai’s Shiekh Zayed Road has seen some crazy accidents over the years. Picture: Karim Sahib/AFPSource:AFP

Dubai’s busy freeways and high speed limit causes many accidents in the desert kingdom. The Gulf News reported that 26 people were injured in a multi-car crash on Emirates Road on Boxing Day.

Two days later, police in both Dubai and Sharjah urged caution after 119 accidents were reported when a thick layer of fog enveloped the emirates.

A massive fog swept in on Boxing Day last year, with 26 people injured in a multi-car crash. Picture: Jon Gambrell/AP

A massive fog swept in on Boxing Day last year, with 26 people injured in a multi-car crash. Picture: Jon Gambrell/APSource:AP

In Sharjah, police reported an average of three deaths per week throughout 2016 — forcing police to lower the speed limit after more than 3000 motorists were caught speeding beyond the original 120km/h limit on one weekend.

In Dubai, the number of people killed in “run over” accidents totalled 44, and another 303 injured. The road toll figure in the most liberal of the emirates stood at 174 deaths last year (up 52).

But the most staggering statistic was the number of people fined for jaywalking, with police handing out 64,458 notices between January and November, with March the biggest month with nearly 8000 fined.

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