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'Speeding ambulance' accident kills 3; four others die on the road

By Rana Husseini - Jan 06,2013 - Last updated at Jan 06,2013

AMMAN — Seven people were killed and 16 others were injured in three accidents that took place in various parts of the country on Sunday.

In Amman’s Deir Ghbar area, three people died in a car accident that took place on Sunday evening, according to the Civil Defence Department (CDD).

The CDD said in a statement that the accident involved six vehicles.

Eyewitnesses told The Jordan Times the accident was caused by a speeding ambulance which crossed a red light.

“After crossing the red light, the ambulance was hit by another vehicle and overturned, sliding towards four other vehicles at the intersection,” a witness said.

“We were waiting for the light to turn green and everything happened so fast,” the witness said. “It was just calm followed by a scene of bodies lying on the street and sounds of screams.”

Other citizens at the area helped cover bodies lying on the street with blankets and organise traffic until CDD personnel arrived to help the injured.

The CDD said three others were injured in the accident, with some reported to be in critical condition, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Also Sunday, a 20-year-old woman died and another eight people from the same family were injured after their car overturned on the desert highway near Maan, according to Maan CDD Director Lt. Col. Mohammad Habahbeh.

The family was on its way to Amman from Aqaba when the car overturned several times near the side of the road.

Four children were onboard and their condition was listed as stable, according to Maan Public Hospital, Petra reported.

Meanwhile, three people died and five were injured, some of them critically, as a result of a collision which involved three cars on

the Southern Mazar-Hamediyeh road, according to the Karak CDD.

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