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Twenty Syrians and a Saudi were killed
18th March 2001


Twenty Syrians and a Saudi were killed and seven others were injured in an accident Majmaa town in the Eastern Province on Friday. The accident occurred when a luxury coach, owned by Al-Khalaf Travel Company, rammed into a petrol station after hitting a car.

The bus driver was trying to avoid the car which suddenly made a U-turn along the Majmaa-Kuwait Road, but he lost control and hit the car before ramming into the fuel station. The Syria-bound bus, carrying 28 passengers, was coming from Riyadh. The accident took place at 11:30 a.m. Friday in front of Harma center in Majmaa.

A rescue operation immediately began, overseen by Capt. Abdullah Al-Husseini and Capt. Hamad Abanami of the department. The rescue work, which took four hours, was difficult as the bus had entangled itself with the petrol pumps. The car driver, who was severely injured in the accident, is now in the intensive care unit of King Khaled Hospital in Majmaa.

Meanwhile, King Khaled Hospital sent three vehicles to Riyadh, Zulfi and Houta Sadeer to bring blood required by the injured passengers. A team from the Saudi Red Crescent Society was called from Houta Sadeer to support the rescue operation.

The Majmaa-Kuwait Road poses a big danger to passengers. There are eleven U-turn openings within a distance of seven kilometers along the road. Lack of light and traffic signals has worsened the situation. Two months ago, another accident occurred in the same place, killing one and injuring 18 Turkish nationals.

In Arar, two patrol police vehicles collided while pursuing a suspect attempting to escape in a car. The injured officers were quickly taken to hospital and one of them has been admitted to the intensive care unit of Arar Central Hospital.

Tire bursts: Three Bangladeshis were killed and six others suffered serious injuries in a traffic accident on Hulwah Road in Hawta Bani Tameem recently. The pick-up carrying the nine farm workers overturned as the driver lost control when one of the tires exploded.

In another tire-related accident, a young Saudi from Taif on his way to visit relatives in Makkah died last Wednesday in Al-Sail. According to traffic officials the accident occurred because the driver ignored safety regulations.

The traffic police also observed a marked increase in accidents related to tire bursts during the Eid holidays. Most drivers do not care to check their tires and ensure that they are safe before venturing out in their cars, said a senior police officer.

Source: Arab News
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