Sudanese family killed in trailer accident

January 12, 2013

A Sudanese family was killed in Saudi Arabia after their car crashed with a trailer.

The father, 34, mother, 26, and two-week-old old baby daughter were killed instantly in the accident, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported.

The trailer’s driver, an Indian national, 54, was unhurt. He was detained for questioning by the police investigating the tragedy near Al Taif in western Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Despite regular campaigns and warnings of heavy fines, traffic fatalities, mainly among the large expatriate community and visiting foreigners, remain a major concern for Saudi Arabia’s authorities.

Last month, three Bahrainis were killed when their bus heading home following a visit to Madinah overturned.

In November, a road safety expert said that Saudi roads were among the most dangerous in the world, with an average of 19 road fatalities occurring daily, despite government initiatives to save lives and reduce traffic congestion.

Zeina Nazer, managing director of Innova Consulting and Secretary General of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Arab, was quoted as saying by local dailySaudi Gazette that the number of fatalities on Saudi roads have grown by 10 per cent in 2012, accounting for billions of dollars of remedial government costs.

“Saudi Arabia spends $6 billion [Dh22.04 billion] a year on the management of car accidents and $250 million a year on medical care for those injured on Saudi roads, while an average of 19.1 deaths a day makes the country among the most dangerous in the world for drivers,” Zeina said, the daily reported.

The Saudi kingdom is home to around nine million foreigners, mainly Asian labourers and domestic helpers.

Expatriates are estimated to make up around one third of the total population.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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