Thick fog blamed as second pile-up on UAE road in 3 days leaves 9 injured

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Dubai Police shut traffic on the road and diverted vehicles to facilitate the arrival of ambulances and rescue teams. Courtesy Dubai Police
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Nine people were hurt when 28 vehicles got involved along Emirates Road leading to Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Dubai Police
Updated 08 February 2018
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Thick fog blamed as second pile-up on UAE road in 3 days leaves 9 injured

DUBAI: Nine people were injured in a 28-vehicle pile-up on Thursday, just days after a road smash involving up to 70 vehicles, that left 22 hurt – two critically – both incidents happened in thick fog.
Thursday morning’s smash happened in Dubai on Emirates Road leading to Abu Dhabi.
Brig. Saif Muhair Al-Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department in Dubai Police, confirmed that reduced visibility caused by thick morning fog had led to the crash.
A similar incident occurred on Tuesday when dozens of vehicles piled-up in heavy fog on the E311 road, also known as the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road. Police said that people were driving too fast on that occasion considering the reduced visibility.
Dramatic footage of the accident, which happened at about 8 a.m. local time, showed people running for their lives as more vehicles ran into the mangled remains of other vehicles – in one case a lorry could be seen hitting and SUV, knocking it onto its roof.

Dubai Police closed the road on Thursday to allow emergency vehicles through, as well as to divert vehicles to places where they were able to park while not becoming part of the crash themselves, Al-Mazroui said.
With the foggy conditions hampering traffic safety, Al-Mazroui called on motorists to take extra precaution to reduce their speed, allowing sufficient breaking distance for vehicles in front. Here is another video of Tuesday’s accident:


Shh...! South Korea hushes for crucial university entrance exam

Updated 15 November 2018
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Shh...! South Korea hushes for crucial university entrance exam

  • This year nearly 595,000 students are sitting the grueling exam, which stretches over nine hours
  • The results of the daunting exam will be released on December 5

SEOUL: South Korea dialed down the volume on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of students sat a crucial national university entrance exam, with authorities taking extraordinary measures to minimize possible distractions.
The college entrance test is the culmination of South Korea’s highly demanding school system, and in an ultra-competitive society it plays a large part in defining students’ adult lives, holding the key to top universities, elevated social status, good jobs, and even marriage prospects.
This year nearly 595,000 students were sitting the grueling exam, which stretches over nine hours, according to the education ministry.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was in Singapore for regional summits, posted a good luck message to the students on his Facebook page.
The intense effort they had put in over years of study was coming to fruition, he said. “Believe in it and you will be able to show your full competence.”
Extraordinary measures are taken nationwide to remove anything that could disturb the test-takers.
Public offices, major businesses and the stock market opened an hour later than usual to help ease traffic and ensure students arrived on time for the exam, which began nationwide at 8:40am.
Any students stuck in traffic could get police cars and motorbikes to rush them to the exam centers.
All takeoffs and landings at South Korean airports are suspended for 25 minutes to coincide with an English listening test, and all airborne planes must maintain an altitude higher than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).
The Transport Ministry said 134 flights had to be rescheduled because of the exam.
Electronics are strictly forbidden and students cannot leave school premises until the test ends to reduce the chances of cheating.
But they will be allowed to wear masks during the exam this year, the education ministry said, with fine dust pollution levels persisting at “bad” on the peninsula.
The results of the daunting exam will be released on December 5.