Two people died and another two remain in hospital after a petrol tanker overturned on Emirates Road in Ajman, police say.
Ajman Police received a call about the accident at around 1pm and police patrols and ambulances were immediately directed to the scene, according to Colonel Ali Saeed al Matrooshi, the director general of Traffic and Licensing Department at Ajman Police.
“The accident occurred when the driver of a petrol tanker suddenly saw a car entering the road in front of his tanker,” he said. “To avoid colliding with the car, the tanker driver veered to the left lane of the road, leading to a heavy collision of his tanker with a Toyota Corolla that was behind it in the left lane. A Hyundai car travelling behind also piled on.”
A male passenger in the Toyota Corolla died on the spot and his driver died a few minutes after reaching Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah. Both of the deceased were Pakistanis.
The driver of the petrol tanker and that of Hyundai were both injured and also rushed to Kuwait Hospital for treatment. Sources at the hospital said the men were both still in the emergency department by evening.
Ajman Police, Ajman Civil Defence and Sharjah Police cordoned off Emirates Road for most of the afternoon to clean up the petrol spilt onto the road during the accident.
Motorists were asked to use alternative roads like Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khan Road in Sharjah.
Col Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah al Nuaimi, the deputy director general of Ajman Police, said one of the causes of the accident was the saloon car’s negligence in entering the tanker’s lane before ensuring it was clear of traffic.
“We urge motorists entering a main road to crosscheck the traffic before suddenly jumping to the road. Motorist should also not speed as speeding makes it hard to control the car.”
Despite the severity of the accident, traffic was not badly affected because the accident did not occur during rush hour. Salah Abdul Aziz, a motorists who was heading to Ajman from Sharjah at the time, said: “The police just advised us to use industrial area roads to Al Khan and then Al Arouba Street. All throughout the diversions, traffic was smooth.”