Barber's close shave with death as saloon smashes into salon

Driver accidently hit accelerator causing Toyota Camry to crash into shop

A barber salon in Sharjah suffered massive damage and its owner’s teenage son was injured when a car rammed into its glass front and settled inside after its driver accidentally pressed the accelerator.

The driver, who lives in the same building in Khan area, has just moved his Toyota Camry from the park near the next building because of construction work and wanted to park it just opposite the barber shop.

“He then accidentally pressed the petrol accelerator and the car leaped forward, smashed the shop’s front and settled inside,” the Dubai-based Arab language daily Emrat Alyoum said.

It said the owner’s 17-year-old son, Ahmed Othman was injured in the accident and taken to hospital while the shop was badly damaged.

“Just before the accident, the last customer left the shop and I stayed with my son and a few friends,” said the owner Othman Al Maliki.

[Dubai to reset speed here]

“Suddenly, the Camry stormed inside and damaged the six chairs, the glass and most shaving tools inside the shop which we opened only six months ago…what matters now is my son’s health.”

Doctors at Kuwait Hospital said Ahmed was still lying at hospital but was in good condition.

Emirat Alyoum said many police men and civil defence units rushed to the place after receiving reports on the accident, which attracted a large crowd.

Car splits in UAE crash: mom, child escape

An Emirati woman and her four-year-old daughter escaped death when her car split into two after it hit a cement barrier before ramming into a palm tree and a power pole near Khor Fakkan.

The 31-year-old woman, identified as ZM, was driving from Dibba towards Khorfakkan when she lost control of her vehicle on Friday morning.

The car hit the cement barrier near the pavement then rammed into a palm tree before banging into a power pole off the road.

“The vehicle was badly damaged as it was split….but the mother was slightly hurt while her daughter suffered from medium injuries and is undergoing treatment at the hospital,” a police source said.

UAE record: 12 speeding fines in 5 minutes

An Emirati driver bagged 12 speeding fines in just five minutes in Dubai and it turned out later that he was not after a world record.

The driver, his attention apparently detracted from the police cameras dotting Sheikh Zayed Road, was fined Dh45,000 for such offences, according to the Abu Dhabi-based Arabic language daily Al Ittihad.

“Dubai traffic police also decided to impound the man’s vehicle for 360 days,” the paper said, adding that the unidentified driver is in his 30s.

Emirati's car impounded over 80 fines worth Dh127,000

An Emirati girl committed more than 80 speed offences and accumulated over Dh127,000 in fines, prompting Dubai’s traffic police to seize her car after an extensive search, the emirate’s traffic police chief said.

[Car accidents cost UAE Dh17bn in 3 years] 

The girl, in her 20s, has to shuttle almost daily between Abu Dhabi and Dubai as she is an Abu Dhabi resident and works in the other emirate, Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin told 'Al Bayan' Arabic language daily.

He said nearly Dh95,000 of the offences were committed in Dubai while the others were recorded in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman.

“Police finally found the car parked in Barsha and seized it…they called its owner and it turned out that she is an Emirati girl,” he said.

The girl told police that she had bought the BMW car for nearly Dh350,000 and that she pays nearly Dh12,000 out of her Dh15,000 monthly salary for the car loan. She said she can not pay all the fines “since the car loan devours most of her wage", Al Bayan reported.

“Despite her difficult conditions, this does not justify that she drives at high speed and commits such a large number of offences,” Zafin said.


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