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Liwa road mishap claims three lives
Saleh Al Shaibany
March 06, 2013 , 8 : 27 pm
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Official records show that 23 people have already died on this road in the first two months of this year.
A trailer carrying cement careened off the road yesterday, dragging an oncoming car with it and instantly killing three people at Liwa in the Batinah region. The accident has raised concerns about the carelessness of drivers of heavy vehicles.
Witnesses said the trailer, coming from Shinas, was moving at high speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which broke through the steel road dividers, and hit a saloon car on the other side of the road, before coming to a complete stop.
The trailer had also ploughed into a second vehicle, which was parked by the road, hurling it a hundred meters away.
"This road is used a lot by trailers that are coming and going to the Sohar industrial area. The drivers are always in a hurry, and we have a lot of accidents, but this is one of the worst so far," Sharif bin Braik, a resident of Liwa, told Times of Oman.
Sohar is home to several major projects, including the Sohar refinery, a port, an aluminium smelter, and a steel pelletizing plant.
Last year, a trailer carrying a power transformer overturned and killed six Emiratis on the Al Buraimi–Abu Dhabi road, leading to a call for careless heavy-vehicle drivers to face criminal charges.
Official records show that 23 people have already died on this road in the first two months of this year, of the 128 road accidents nationwide.
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