Muscat: Royal Oman Police (ROP) has warned of sand accumulations due to strong winds and sandstorms on the Adam-Thumrait road.
Motorists have been urged to follow safety measures while driving on this road due to the possibility of low visibility.
On July 2, two persons died in a road accident on the road leading to Salalah, near Haima.
"This morning, the emergency department of Haima Hospital eight persons following a road accident, in which two persons died, one was critically injured and five others suffered minor injuries."
It may be noted that on July 31, The Directorate General of Health Services in Al Wusta Governorate on Sunday reported that the emergency department at Haima Hospital received six patients following a road accident in the wee hours. Of these three were critically injured, while two others suffered minor injuries. Only July 26, seven people were injured in a road accident that took place in the same region.
On July 20, one person died, and five others of an Asian nationality were injured after the tires of their vehicle burst on Adam-Thamrait road. The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has deployed special checkpoints and patrol teams on the roads leading to Dhofar Governorate. Col Faisal bin Salim al Hajri said: “We have enhanced police presence on the densely populated areas on the roads leading to Salalah on Adam-Thamrait road. Air ambulances have been placed at Haima to help take patients to hospitals in the event of any emergencies.”
Not minding the resources required for the deployment of such a scale, ROP has said that no efforts will be spared to save human lives. Not ignoring the accidents which continue to be reported, Col Al Hajri said road accidents, however, have decreased compared to the past years due to an increase in police patrols on the highways.
Col Al Hajri said: “We have noticed that while travelers are aware of precautionary measures to be taken on the roads, they still need to be wary of the natural desert climate conditions such as low visibility, strong winds, accumulation of sand on roads.” He added, “Most accidents are not only due to negligence, but also due to lack of preparatory measures such as vehicle maintenance, fuel checks, and ignorance of fatigue among drivers.”