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35 Umrah pilgrims died in bus accident near Madina

A bus accident near the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia, killed 35 people and injured four others.

According to a French news agency AFP report, the Saudi press agency said that a private bus was taking umrah passenger and collided with a loader on  Hijrah Road, 170 km away  from Madina Munawrah, according to a spokeswoman for the Medina Police.

According to Arab News 39 people were in the bus, including Asian and Arab nationals based in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Press Agency added that the injured were shifted to Al hamna Hospital and authorities have started investigating the accident.

Saudi news agency ‘Urdu News’ reported that as soon as the bus accident was reported, the governor of Medina, Prince Faisal bin Salman, directed all concerned agencies to provide a team to provide all possible facilities and to find out the cause of the incident.

In this regard, Saudi Hilal Ahmar said that 20 of his team had arrived at the scene of the accident, who shifted the bodies of the dead people by bus and transported the injured to hospital.

Hilal Ahmar said the bus accident happened at 18:49 pm on October 16 when their rescue teams arrived, only 4 people were injured and the remaining passengers were killed.

According to Urdu News, Hilal Ahmar further said that 35 local Umrah pilgrims were killed and four were injured in the accident, including Pakistanis, while others are from different countries and are being identified.

Earlier in April 2018, four British were killed and 12 injured as a result of a collision with an oil tanker on the route to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Six British nationals, including a 2-month-old girl, were killed in a mini-bus accident from Mecca to Medina after Hajj in January 2017.

Earlier in 2016, 19 pilgrims were killed and 22 were injured as a result of a bus crash in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

 

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