My traffic accident in Samara [Archives:2003/673/Letters to the Editor]

October 2 2003

Syed Shahid Hussain
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I am an expatriate from Pakistan working as Manager of M/S Yemen Commercial Bank, Taiz Branch. On Friday, 29th August 2003 I was traveling along with my family members from Sana'a to Taiz. It was 6.30 pm and drizzling while we were passing through the mountain of Samara. Around 50 yards before Al-Shami Petrol Station while turning on a downward curve I had to apply break in order to slow down the vehicle speed. The vehicle skidded and the break failed. Since there was no safety obstruction along side the road the vehicle not only went off the track but was also pulled by the gravity and fell about 20 meters down. Fortunately, the vehicle did not go further down, after turning upside down twice it got stuck up in between the bushes and the rocks. Alhamdulillah (Thank God)! Apart from minor injuries we were saved from any damage.
Through your prestigious and widely read newspaper I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all the unknown people who gathered there and offered their help for lifting ourselves. May Allah reward them for their services! But at the same time I would like to bring it to the notice of the concerned that necessary arrangement should be made to build/fix some safety obstruction on such dangerous turning points in order to avoid such mishaps in future.