The Lebanese Civil Defense announced that “7 people from one family were killed in Arsal – Bekaa, and 5 others were injured, some in critical condition.”
In the course of the accident, a truck loaded with rocks whose brakes failed collided with a pickup car in which a father, a mother, their 4 children, and their son-in-law were all killed.
They are from the Al-Fulaiti family.
Then, the loaded truck crashed into several cars before settling into a water tank of a nearby house and burned. Its driver and his son were also injured. The wounded were taken to hospitals outside Arsal for treatment.
During the rescue operation, civil defense personnel used hydraulic rescue equipment to carry out the task and to put out a fire that broke out in the truck.
In a statement, MP Melhem Al-Hujairi called on the Lebanese Minister of Health to “open a quick investigation and hold the Geitawi Hospital administration accountable.”
He blamed the hospital administration for refusing to receive “the injured Deeb Mohamed Ghadada, who had suffered severe burns as a result of the accident.”
The hospital had reportedly refused Ghadada “on the pretext of the lack of a medical bed, which led to his death after waiting at the hospital door,” according to MP Al-Hujairi.
Following Al-Hujairi’s statement, the Geitawi hospital issued a response statement saying: “The patient was received in the hospital emergency immediately upon his arrival via an ambulance at nine o’clock in the evening.”
The hospital explained in its statement: “His injuries were very serious, as he was exposed to an accident at six o’clock in the morning, resulting in second- and third-degree burns exceeding 75% of the body area (face, neck, limbs, and abdomen.. .), in addition to a broken hip and separate wounds to the head and face. When he arrived, his clinical condition was very serious.”
“The medical team resuscitated him by all necessary means, but he passed away despite all the medical efforts made,” the statement concluded