Saudi king gives man who lost family a house

Sami Bin Mohammad Al Nami has been in a state of shock since his family perished on Tuesday in the accident in which their car collided with a heavy truck on a poorly maintained road in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

Manama: King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has ordered a house and a car for a Saudi man who lost his wife and six children in a horrific car accident last week.


Sami Bin Mohammad Al Naimi has been in a state of shock since his family perished on Tuesday in the accident in which their car collided with a heavy truck on a poorly maintained road in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

A picture of a desperate Al Naimi sitting inside a mosque in front of the seven corpses ahead of the funeral prayers went viral on the social media, prompting greater sympathies and messages of consolation.

“I have lost seven lives in a moment,” he said, wiping tears in his eyes”, Saudi daily Okaz reported quoting Al Naimi. “Yahya was a Grade 12 student, Mamdooh Grade 9, Hajer Grade 6, Reem Grade 5, Osama started school this year, Sara was in the kindergarten and their mother. I have only one son left and I really do not know what to do.”

The family was reportedly going home from an outing when the accident occurred. The two drivers survived the collision.

Residents expressed anger over the accident, blaming the road authorities for their lack of interest in maintaining it and arguing that several accidents had occurred in the area due to movement of heavy trucks carrying rocks.

The residents said that they had filed numerous complaints about the poor state of the road, the absence of lights and the ominous presence of trucks.

They now look forward to better road conditions and infrastructure following the special attention generated by the tragic accident.

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