Manama: A bride on her way to her wedding reception and six members of her family were killed when their car collided with a trailer on the highway between Hafr Al Baten and Dammam, the largest city in eastern Saudi Arabia. The victims were four women, two men and one girl, said Fahad Al Ghamdi, a spokesman for the Red Crescent in the Eastern Province, Saudi media reported on Thursday.
The tragedy happened at around 10:30am and reports said a third car was involved in the accident. In a separate accident, two young Saudi men were killed when their car crashed into a lamppost in Al Ihsa, an oasis region in eastern Saudi Arabia.
Road accidents are numerous and often tragic on Saudi roads despite regular campaigns launched by the authorities to promote a safer traffic culture. The massive presence of trucks and trailers and a tendency by all drivers to speed are often blamed for the alarmingly high figures of accidents.