(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Official advises cargo transport companies to stick to specified safe cargo payloads to avoid such accidents.
a heavy cargo truck turned turtle and skidded for about 200 metres before it came to rest on the abu dhabi-dubai highway stretch between al rahbah and ghantoot on tuesday evening. no casualties were reported in the incident as there were no vehicles on the stretch at the time.
traffic towards dubai from ajban interchange came to a standstill as a result of the accident.
colonel hamad nasser al balushi director of external highways and roads at the abu dhabi traffic department said the capital’s police operations room were notified about the accident following which police patrols and paramedics were rushed to the site.
“the personnel cleared the highway for traffic flow within half-an-hour. the debris was also cleared and treatment was given to the injured driver at the accident site. it was only the truck driver who sustained injuries. by the grace of god no other vehicles were involved in the accident” said al balushi.
he said the accident took place because the truck was overloaded. he advised cargo transport companies to stick to specified safe cargo payloads to avoid such accidents.
according to residents minor traffic accidents happen almost every day at this particular stretch of the highway — at samhah near al rahbah. this very stretch had seen the uae’s biggest pile-up accident of over 200 vehicles which claimed 20 lives in 2008.
“this particular stretch is notorious for fatal accidents. fortunately this accident involved just the truck and no other vehicles” said abdul sattar a farmer who stays nearby.
an expatriate worker said the highway was blocked for over an hour because of the debris from the accident. “however the swift rescue operation by al rahbah traffic police and civil defence cleared the highway for the traffic and the truck driver was rushed to al rahbah hospital” he said.
al balushi said cargo transport companies violating payload limits will face stiff penalties. “companies should abide by the specified payloads. those breaking the law will face financial penalties and even imprisonment. we want our roads and highways safe for people” he said.