Six foreign students killed in Saudi bus crash

March 1, 2013

The school bus following the accident – Al Riyadh

Six students in an elementary school in Saudi Arabia were killed and at least 11 others were injured when a car crashed into the bus taking them home on Wednesday afternoon.

Reports said that the lane-jumping car was speeding on the Jubal highway in eastern Saudi Arabia when it struck the bus on its left side and sliced through the body, causing the deaths and injuries among the 21 students, mainly Arabs and Asians.

Local Arabic daily Al Sharq said that the fatalities were three Pakistani girls, one Jordanian, one Egyptian and one Indian.

The injured were two Egyptians, two Filipinos, two Pakistanis, two Sri-Lankans and two Indians.

However, Khalid Al Hammad, the spokesperson for the education directorate in the Eastern Province, was quoted by Sabq news site as saying that the victims were two Sudanese, one Jordanian, one Egyptian and one Pakistani and that they were in the nursery and elementary schools.

Local daily Al Riyadh reported that families, alarmed by the high road death tolls in the area, called for greater traffic care around Jubail, the largest industrial city in the Middle East.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • 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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