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Three killed in car collision on Erbil’s Shaqlawa-Harir road

  2021-07-09  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Two Toyota Camry cars in silver and white collide on Shaqlawa-Harir main road near Bawian village northeast of Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, July 9, 2021. Photo by Fadhl Haji on Facebook
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Three people were killed in a motor vehicle collision on Shaqlawa-Harir road near Bawian village northeast of Erbil on Friday afternoon (July 9), two officials said. 

Two Toyota Camry cars in silver and white collided at around midday, leaving three people dead on board the vehicles and severely injured another, Muhammad Amokayi, the spokesperson for Shaqlawa Health Directorate, told Zhyan News Network.

“Two of the casualties died in Harir hospital and the other in Erbil West Emergency Hospital,” Amokayi said, noting the injured person is in unstable condition for the time being.

Fadl Haji, the spokesperson for Erbil Traffic Directorate, ascribed the cause of the collision to a speeding reaching 140 kilometers per hour by the silver car.

“After investigation to work out the cause of the incident, it turned out the silver Toyota Camry car was heading to Shaqlawa to Harir, but he lost control due to a speed reaching 140 km/h and took the whole road,” Haji said. “Meanwhile the Corolla Camry white car came and hit it on his side.”

“Such speeding is neither safe nor allowed in any road in the Kurdistan Region, thus we are asking what was required to drive with  that speed on such a Friday afternoon?” he asked rhetorically.

Known as “White Terror”, car accidents claim lives of hundreds of people annually in the Kurdistan Region. The authorities attribute the accidents to speeding and other factors, while drivers lament the road are in disrepair.

In 2020, 432 people were killed and 4,772 were injured in car crashes in the Region, as well as nearly a million and half violations were recorded despite several anti-COVID-19 curfews, according to the Kurdistan Region General Traffic Directorate.

(Zhyan English)