SUV Runs into School Bus: Six Kids of Different Nationalities Died and Several Sustained Severe Injuries
Six students passed away and several others sustained severe injuries when a school bus belonging to Alhussan International School – catering to the well-to-do expatriates – had an accident today on Jubail Industrial City Highway, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.
According to local sources, the tragic incident took place at around 2 p.m. when a very fast speeding SUV rammed into the back of the bus while it was heading towards Jubail town to drop the kids off after school. The SUV driver was going around 125 miles per hour when it slammed into the bus. Six kids of different nationalities died instantly at the scene of the incident. Thirteen others were rushed to the local hospital. Five of the kids are reported to have left the hospital, but the remaining injured kids are admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU).
According to a local Saudi daily newspaper, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Saudi Arabia to have the world’s highest number of death tolls from road accidents, which now make up the country’s principal cause of death in adult males aged 16 to 36.
Saudis are notoriously known for driving dangerously and for being reckless motorists, going over the specified speed limit with literally nobody stopping them. The Saudi law enforcement is as strict as it can be in terms of religious freedom, freedom of speech, and/or political matters. When it comes to traffic, however, not only common motorists that break the law but also those that oversee it disobey the law, and rarely if ever, do cops take firmer measures against violators.
So many lives have been lost due to Saudis reckless driving on the same high and in every other part of the Kingdom. This is a call for the Saudi authorities to practice severe enforcement where needed most and to enforce stricter rules against traffic violators in order to save the lives of the innocents.