Syrian Driver Killed in Dubai as Thick Fog Disrupts Traffic
A Syrian truck driver died Sunday after his vehicle overturned in the thick fog, which blanketed the Emirati city of Dubai, reported the Gulf News.
Dubai police said the 40-year-old Syrian was driving too fast on the slip road leading to the Emirates Ring Road in Sih Shuaib at 7 a.m. (UAE local time) when slow moving traffic ahead suddenly emerged from the fog. He was forced to swerve and the truck overturned, killing the driver instantly.
The weather also caused disruptions at Dubai airport with three flights having to be diverted to Muscat and Bahrain because of the low visibility, said the paper.
The runways were closed at 5 a.m. when visibility was reduced to 100 meters and reopened almost five hours later when the visibility increased to 1.5 km.
An airport spokesman said the three diverted flights arrived in Dubai when the runways reopened but the delays also affected their return journeys.
The police and civil defense have not reported any road accidents due to the weather conditions. However, motorists were seen driving carefully, according to the paper -- Albawaba.com