Seven people were killed in three road accidents in the last two days.
Three Omanis were killed when a car hit the road divider and three cars in Mawaleh south in an accident on Monday night. The accident took place when a motorist traveling from Mazoon Roundabout towards the Mawaleh flyover lost control over the vehicle.
The car veered to the left, jumped over the divider and collided with three vehicles coming from the opposite direction. On impact, the vehicle that caused the accident split into two and caught fire.
The accident resulted in the death of the motorist and also killed the motorist of the vehicle that was hit first, along with its passenger. The passengers of the second and third vehicles that he hit sustained injuries that ranged from minor to serious while all the vehicles were seriously damaged. The injured persons were taken to SQU Hospital.
“I passed the same road a few minutes before the accident, but on my way back, I saw the vehicle on fire and automotive parts strewn everywhere,” said Abdullah al Balushi, an eyewitness. “There were people stuck in the wreckage.”
Said Khalid al Oraimi, another eyewitness, “While leaving Markaz al Bahja around 12.30am, I suddenly saw patrol cars moving towards the Mawaleh flyover, followed by a civil defence truck and ambulances.”
An ROP official confirmed that three people were killed in the accident.
“At least three ambulances and ten police patrols were present at the scene of the accident,” he said. Two of the cars had to be cut open to remove the dead and the injured.
In another accident, three persons were killed and one sustained minor injuries in a case of wrong overtaking on Monday on Nahida-Fahood highway in the governorate of Al Dakhliyah.
The accident occurred when a vehicle traveling from Nahida to Fahood was hit by another that was overtaking in the opposite direction. Because of the close proximity, the two vehicles ended up in a head-on collision.
While in an accident on south Al Hail highway, an Indian expatriate was killed on Monday when he was run-over by a vehicle, according to an ROP statement.
The accident took place when the driver of the vehicle, coming from Al Khoudh flyover, ran-over the expat who was crossing the road instead of using the pedestrian fly-over.
The ROP has urged drivers to be careful, commit to speed limits and not overtake in restricted areas. Pedestrians have been asked to cross roads only at designated crossings.