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Bus crash in S.Arabia: 20 Umrah Pilgrims killed and 29 injured

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 | 6:02 am | 94 times

Bus crash in S.Arabia: 20 Umrah Pilgrims killed and 29 injured

At least 20 Umrah pilgrims were killed and 29 injured in a horrific bus crash southwest of Saudi Arabia, local media reported.
The passenger bus crashed into a bridge on Monday, overturned, and caught fire, killing 20 and injuring 29.

The accident, which occurred as a result of a brake failure, took place on a road linking Asir province and the city of Abha. The victims were on their way to Mecca to perform Umrah.

The Saudi civil defense and Red Crescent Authority teams rushed to the site of the accident and cordoned off the area.

“According to preliminary information we have now received, the number of deaths in this accident reached 20, and the total number of injuries was approximately 29,” the state-affiliated Al-Ekhbariya channel reported.

It said the victims had “different nationalities” but did not mention them or provide a breakdown.

The channel said the bus had “car trouble”, without specifying, while the private newspaper Okaz said the accident resulted from an issue with the brakes.

The vehicle “then collided with a bridge, overturned, and caught fire”.

Footage broadcast on Al-Ekhbariya showed a reporter standing in front of what appeared to be the burnt-out shell of the bus.

It comes during the first week of Ramadan, a busy time for umrah pilgrimages, and just months before millions of Muslims are expected to make the annual hajj pilgrimage.

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