Five die in head-on crash at Al Razeen

The Abu Dhabi police operations centre received a report at 10am about an accident involving two four-wheel-drive vehicles.

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ABU DHABI // Five people died on Saturday when two four-wheel-drive vehicles collided head-on at Al Razeen, near Al Raha beach in Abu Dhabi.

One of the vehicles caught fire in the crash, which happened at about 10am.

All five of the dead were Emirati.

Police and civil defence emergency teams rushed to the accident and tackled the fire. Investigations are under way to determine the circumstances leading up to the accident.

Col Hamad Al Balushi of Abu Dhabi traffic police stressed the importance of motorists observing traffic laws and regulations and exercising care and attention when behind the wheel and not exceeding speed limits. Col Al Balushi said the vast majority of serious accidents that led to deaths and injuries were due to excessive speed.

The crash is the worst since four members of an Emirati family were killed in an accident in Umm Al Quwain last month.