RIYADH: Nineteen pilgrims were killed and 22 injured, all of them Egyptians, when their bus overturned in western Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning. Among those injured are two women and a child.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the driver, an Asian, dozed off and lost control over the bus, leading to the ghastly accident along the Madinah-Makkah highway.
The accident comes three days after a bus carrying Palestinian pilgrims overturned in a remote area of southern Jordan, killing 16 passengers.
“The bus was carrying the pilgrims to the Holy Capital for Umrah when the accident happened on the Al-Hijrah road, around 135 km away from Madinah,” Brig. Nawaf bin Nahis Al-Mohammadi, director of Madinah Traffic Department, said.