(MENAFN - Arab News) The saudi red crescent authority recorded 473 emergency calls saturday the highest number of calls in a single day in recent history in jeddah makkah and taif.
'we received 168 emergency calls in jeddah 202 calls in makkah and 103 calls in taif in one day" ali abdullah ghamdi of the saudi red crescent authority told arab news on sunday.
he said that in jeddah alone 73 accidents were reported with the saudi red crescent authority ambulances taking 33 injured people to various hospitals in the city. they also provided primary medical aid to 38 cases at the site of the accident and dealt with two road fatalities.
ghamdi said a car in which a group of indian expatriates was traveling to riyadh crashed in the qarsiyat area near taif resulting in the death of one person and five who were critically injured. the latter were removed to the prince sultan hospital by the rapid action force of the saudi red crescent authority.
in another incident eight passengers were injured and one person died on the taif-riyadh road in the radwan area in a traffic accident that occurred near the iskan housing complex in makkah.
another fatal accident claimed the life of one while six burmese who were also in the car were injured he added.
ghamdi said that in all the cases the red crescent ambulances reached the accident sites within five minutes of receiving the calls.