• Apr 4, 2011
An enormous pileup on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway left one man dead and 61 people injured early Saturday morning. According to police and witnesses, the pileup happened around 8am between Sahama and Ghantoot and was caused by a combination of speeding and heavy fog.

Police were reportedly on the scene with 100 units from the Abu Dhabi police department, backed up by the army, civil defense force and ambulances, all within five minutes of the crash. Despite the size of the accident, the sheer volume of police and emergency personnel on hand meant the accident was cleared and traffic flow restored in just two hours. Their job was made even more difficult by the fog, which reduced visibility to less than 150 feet and precluded the use of helicopters to evacuate people from the accident scene, which stretched for more than a mile.

[Source: Gulf News | Image: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The first time it happened when I was living in Dubai was in 2008. A massive pile-up and with more deaths.
      These guys just never learned to drive when fogs build up, especially when the season is changing.
      Partly due to many immigrants move in and out of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, so, some of the drivers are knew and was not prepared to drive in such situation.
      Many of the drivers in taxis, trucks etc are from Pakistan or India etc, so, it's difficult to avoid such mistakes from repeating.
      Furthermore, some of the local Emiratis drives like mad man on the road, especially the younger man with sporty cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. So Abu Dhabi's government workers are about 10-20 times more efficient than American government workers. Impressive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Probably because American government workers are fat.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in Wisconsin, there is a stretch of I-43 along Lake Michigan just south of Sheboygan, that is notorious for fatal fog related accidents, including a 60 car one a few years ago in which 11 people were killed. The fog was so bad that it too was nearly impossible for rescue workers to even get to the scene.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ITA. all three of my cars have rear fogs and I also use them during snow and rain storms. Of course the other issue is simply getting idiots to turn on their headlights when it's raining or snowing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        and why is it that rear fogs are not mandatory on cars over here?!!
        makes no sense. Obviously its a decision made by someone at some time and a decision made by someone at car companys who normally have rear fog lights to leave them out and put in those stupid rear red indicators.
        'lets make it law to have pointless permanent side markers on all cars but dont bother with the vital rear fog lights'
      • 3 Years Ago
      The point is steve, Autoblog is followed around the globe. That includes every country outside the US of A
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if its Abu Dhabi but i've read that people will knowling drive on the wrong side of the road all of the time over there. As a matter of fact there are some videos of youtube.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are Youtube videos of stupid drivers everywhere, not just Dubai.
      • 3 Years Ago
      autoblog is reporting on Abu Dhabi traffic for what reason ?? who gives a crap what happens over in Abu Dhabi ??
        • 3 Years Ago
        dude its just reporting big incident that you dont see every day dont be that arogant
        • 3 Years Ago
        digitec- thanks for knowing it all. what i was getting at is, accidents happen every day in every city in the u.s. a pile up on I85 last week outside charlotte nc, a huge fire on I95 in S.C 2 weeks ago, a huge rock slide sutting down I 40 west bound for 2 months and autoblog reports none of this.... one more time, i can give a crap about Abu Dhabi highways.
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