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Abu Dhabi: A Saudi man was killed and seven others injured, two seriously, in a car crash in Aisr, southwest of Saudi Arabia, an official said.

Medical aid and advanced care teams, supported by ambulatory transport squads, were dispatched to the site where they found one death and seven injured persons, of whom two sustained serious injuries, and two moderate injuries, spokesman for the Saudi Red Crescent Authority added.

The injured were admitted to Asir, Muhayil and Abha hospitals, he added.

The cause of the crash was not clear. In recent years, Saudi authorities have toughened traffic penalties in an attempt to curb road crashes in the country.

The number of serious accidents in Saudi Arabia has dropped by 34 per cent, while the number of deaths from traffic accidents has plummeted 51 per cent, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, said in early April.

Statistics show deaths dropped to 13.5 per 100,000 people from 28, although the minister did not mention the time span in which the decrease happened.