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Saudi Woman Driver Crashes Through Office Sparking Debate About Overturned Ban On Women Drivers

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

This is the moment a female driver in Saudi Arabia smashes through the front of an office and rams a worker before crashing into a wall at the far end sparking heated debate online in the wake of the country’s decision to lift the ban on women drivers.

The incident took place at the office of a telecommunications company on King Salman Road in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on 21st September.

In the footage, the female driver of a red car smashes through the office entrance before apparently ramming a security worker on a front desk who is then seen limping away.

A woman crashed into an office of a telecommunications company while she was trying to stop her vehicle in front of the office in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (Newsflash)

The vehicle then crashes into a desk, sending a worker fleeing, before coming to a stop at a far wall.

In the final video, the woman is seen talking to company workers outside the vehicle as broken glass and debris covers the roof and bonnet.

According to local media, the accident resulted in the injury of a security guard and another employee.

A woman crashed into an office of a telecommunications company while she was trying to stop her vehicle in front of the office in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (Newsflash)

The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Earlier this week, another female motorist who obtained a licence after the country lifted its ban on women drivers nearly killed a mechanic at a test centre.

The incident took place in the Saudi Arabian city of Ta’if on the night of 12th September.

A woman crashed into an office of a telecommunications company while she was trying to stop her vehicle in front of the office in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (Newsflash)

CCTV footage shows the moment the woman, who was not named, attempts to park over a vehicle inspection pit when, according to news site YJC, she put her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake by mistake.

She then ploughs into an unsuspecting store worker, crushing him against the shop wall before several people run over to his aid.

The woman is seen sheepishly getting out of her large vehicle as another man then gets in and reverses it to free the trapped man, whose injuries are unclear.

A woman crashed into an office of a telecommunications company while she was trying to stop her vehicle in front of the office in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (Newsflash)

The footage attracted opprobrium on social media, with a number of Facebook users criticising the woman for her driving in a country where women driving is still considered a novelty.

Until June 2018, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world where women were forbidden from driving motor vehicles. The ban was lifted following the appointment of Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince the previous year.

After the latest accident involving a female motorist in Riyadh, Saudi netizens took to social media to criticise the recent change in law.

A woman crashed into an office of a telecommunications company while she was trying to stop her vehicle in front of the office in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (Newsflash)

‘Zahra’ said: “The biggest mistake Saudi Arabia ever made was allowing women to drive.”

‘Jewel ly’ commented: “Those men should sue her. If she is incapable of driving, then she shouldn’t do it.”

‘Elhnen Mourad’ wrote: “The government was right to ban women from driving.”

A Saudi woman loses control of her car and runs over a worker in an oil change shop in Taif city, Saudi Arabia. (Newsflash)

‘Bakry’ said: “That’s why we say women have to stay at home. Don’t compare yourselves to men.”

‘Hasan SH’ reached for the cliche: “Your place is in the kitchen.”

Michael Leidig

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