Desert trip in Saudi kills four Qataris, injures two
Four Qataris died and two others suffered severe injuries when their vehicle hit a hillock and turned turtle in a Saudi desert.
It’s said that the victims were part of a larger group who had arrived in several four-wheel powered cars. According to a Saudi website Mshariq, the incident occurred on Sunday. Meanwhile, Al Sharq reported that the site of the accident was the Hurd desert area near the city of Al Ahsa in eastern Saudi Arabia. Read the report published in The Peninsula here.
Long road trips to the neighbouring Saudi deserts are quite popular among Qataris. But this adventure has its own set of perils. A report by Arab News said that in Saudi Arabia:
- About 17 people die in road accidents daily.
- About 68,000 people suffer injuries due to it every year.
- Economic loss caused by road accidents amount to over SR87 billion annually.
Qatar isn’t far behind when it comes to accidents, especially those taking place in the desert. According to figures from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), there are at least 4 to 5 serious accidents reported at the dunes in Qatar every weekend. And a majority of these cases involve All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). At HMC, 3-5% of all trauma admissions are generally victims of ATV crashes, which translates to about 70 severe injury cases in a year. Click here to read some handy tips on how to protect yourself in the event of an ATV crash.
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