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DUBAI, Aug 4: Three people were killed when a speeding car smashed into a broken-down vehicle parked by the roadside. The incident occurred around 11am yesterday on Shaikh Zayed Road.

While sources in Rashid Hospital reported three deaths, Dubai Police stated that only one person died in the accident, and two others suffered injuries.

According to eyewitnesses and hospital sources, a minibus carrying workers broke down between the first and second interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road. While waiting by the roadside for a towaway vehicle, a speeding car smashed into the vehicle resulting in a fire. Witnesses claimed that three people died on the spot. They also claimed that three Indians and one Filipino were injured.

Rashid Hospital sources said the injured were given treatment and discharged.

Meanwhile, sources from Dubai Forensic Department said a body of an Indian national, identified as Ramesh, was found floating in the Al Mamzar beach area.


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New Salik services available online

DUBAI — Aug 04: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched new integrated services on the Salik web site offering motorists the facility of getting detailed information on their Salik accounts.

The authority has also enhanced the performance of the call centre by launching the new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) services.

The new web services enable motorists to check their account balance and view the number of crossings through the toll gates located at Garhoud Bridge and Shaikh Zayed Road near Mall of the Emirates.

These services will also allow subscribers to amend their personal data and print out financial statements.

Motorists will also be able to check their accounts through the new IVR service offered by the call centre by calling Salik 800-72545 and following the voice instructions.

Engineer Salah Mohd Al Marzouqi, Director of Intelligent Traffic Systems, said, “The RTA is negotiating with several financial institutions to add the recharging service on Salik’s website.” 

“When cars move in the area located between the toll gates (Al Garhoud and Al Barsha) motorists will not be charged.

“The toll fees will be deducted only when the cars pass through the toll gates,” Al Marzouqi explained.

“Motorists who don’t want to use the toll roads can use Dubai Crossing Road, which links Sharjah with Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Road that has been expanded from three to six lanes, and the floating bridge.

“The floating bridge has decreased traffic on Al Maktoum Bridge considerably as it can take up to 6,000 vehicles during rush hours,” Al Marzouqi added.


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