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.