Dubai road crash claims one life and injures seven

Minibus travelling on Emirates Road hit a lorry that had stopped suddenly with a burst tyre

One person has died and seven others were injured when a minibus crashed into a lorry that had stopped in the middle of a Dubai road with a burst tyre.

The fatal accident took place on Emirates Road, heading towards Sharjah, at 1.45am on Tuesday.

The minibus smashed into the back of the heavy vehicle, which had come to a sudden halt.

Dubai Police did not confirm whether the deceased was a driver or a passenger in either of the vehicles or whether those injured were passengers on the bus.

Col Jumaa bin Suwaidan, the force's deputy director of traffic, urged the public to ensure the tyres of their vehicles are well maintained, particularly during the hot summer months.

He said a second serious accident involving a burst tyre occurred just hours later.

A minibus driver was badly injured when the vehicle veered from its lane and hit a concrete barrier.

An initial accident report indicated a tyre fault was to blame.

Col bin Suwaidan highlighted the dangers of breaking road rules, such as failing to pay attention or keeping a safe distance from other vehicles in light of two other incidents on the emirate's roads on the same day.

A motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a collision involving a car in Al Barsha at 7.45pm. Police said there had been a failure to keep a safe distance, but did not disclose any more details about the incident.

In a fourth incident, in Damac Hills 2, a driver clipped a footpath and crashed at a roundabout. Police said the motorist failed to pay attention to the road.

Updated: August 4th 2021, 1:21 PM