Epileptic driver rams into McDonald's: Metal barriers for all Ajman restaurants

Driver was reversing out of the parking area in front of the glass facade of the restaurant, when he suffered a severe bout of epilepsy. (Supplied)

Following the tragic accident in Ajman, which killed two people and wounded five others, Ajman Municipality and Planning held an emergency meeting and reached a decision that all restaurants and petrol stations will have metal barriers in front of the establishments.

A car rammed into the glass front of a McDonald's restaurant resulting in the deaths.

Ajman officials also called for a legislation that needs a health fitness certificate to obtain a driving licence.

The driver of the vehicle suffered from epilepsy.

Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Director General of the municipality’s Planning Department, said a committee was formed to conduct a comprehensive survey to identify all gas stations and restaurants that need to put up metal barriers immediately.

Colonel Abdullah Ahmad Hamrani, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, said the driver was taken to Hamidiyah police station to complete the investigation. 

He called for drivers who have serious diseases such as epilepsy, to have their licenses withdrawn.

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Earlier report

A 22-year-old Arab motorist, identified as A.H.S suffered an epileptic seizure while at the wheel of his car, crashing into a restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road in Ajman, resulting in the death of a 45-year-old Asian woman and a 9-year-old Arab child.

The driver was reversing out of the parking area in front of the glass facade of the restaurant, when he suffered a severe bout of epilepsy. (Supplied)
 
Five others who were in the restaurant were injured in the accident. These include two children of Arab nationality and an Asian child.


 
Colonel Abdullah Ahmad Al Hamrani, Ajman Police’s Acting Commander, said the driver of the vehicle was reversing out of the parking area in front of the glass facade of the restaurant, when he suffered a severe bout of epilepsy that led him to apply pressure on the throttle, causing him to ram into the restaurant.


 
He requested all drivers to take caution and not allow those suffering from diseases to drive.

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