Burst Tyre Kills six People in Saudi Arabia
A Saudi couple, three of their children and their Indonesian maid were killed when their car crashed with a burst tyre and rolled over several times, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Their four-year-old son was the sole survivor of the accident on a highway from the Muslim holy city of Mecca in the west of the kingdom, to Al-Ihsaa province in the east, Al-Yaum said, without giving a date.
Saudi Arabia suffers one of the world's highest rates of road accidents -- more than half caused by speeding, according to the transport ministry.
Some 4,000 people were killed and 32,000 seriously injured in 125,000 Saudi road accidents in 1999, according to a Gulf road safety study.
The total number of deaths on the road in the six Gulf Arab monarchies was more than 6,500, an increase of at least 15 percent over 1998. The study pointed to the region's dramatic population growth and doubling of cars registered since 1994 - RIYADH (AFP)
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