35 foreigners dead in Saudi bus crash, PM Modi expresses grief

PTI

Bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media (Twitter image)

Bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media (Twitter image)

Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday.

The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between “a private chartered bus with a heavy vehicle (loader)” near the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

Those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims, according to local media, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out.

The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital, SPA added, and authorities have launched an investigation.

The accident comes after four British pilgrims were killed and 12 others injured in Saudi Arabia when their bus collided with a fuel tanker in April 2018. They were on their way to the holy city of Mecca.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the death of 35 people in a bus accident in Saudi Arabia.

“Anguished by the news of a bus crash near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured,” the prime minister tweeted.

(PTI)