Riyadh: Three people were killed and four others seriously injured when a family car flipped over in the Saudi region of Asir, a medical official said on Wednesday.

The accident took place Tuesday night in Asir in south-western Saudi Arabia, local spokesman for the Saudi Red Crescent Mohammad Bin Hassan said.

All the victims were from the same family, he added.

“Upon the region’s operations room received an alert on the accident, two ambulatory teams were rushed to the site,” Bin Hassan said.

The cause of the tragedy was not immediately clear, although it is believed to be high speed.

Road crashes resulted in 10,961 deaths in Saudi Arabia in 2017, according to official figures. The tragedies were mainly attributed to reckless driving. Traffic accidents in the kingdom have dropped by 33 per cent in recent years, a report by the governmental Traffic Safety Committee said.

The decline is due to stricter enforcement of road regulations and expanded use of relevant advanced technology.