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19 killed, 22 injured in bus crash in Saudi Arabia

Around 41 pilgrims were travelling from Makkah to Madinah when bus overturned

19 killed, 22 injured in bus crash in Saudi Arabia
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Nineteen Arab pilgrims were reportedly killed on Saturday when a bus overturned on the Makkah to Madinah road in Saudi Arabia.

At least 22 others were injured and taken to hospitals in the Madinah region, according to local media.

Egyptian state news agency MENA said the 19 people who lost their lives in the crash were Egyptians.

It added Egypt’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Hesham El Naqib, said the consulate in Jeddah was liaising with Saudi authorities and closely monitoring the situation.

“The Egyptian consulate in Jeddah sent a team to the site where the bodies of the dead are kept to take the necessary measures,” MENA quoted him as saying.

The bus was transporting at least 41 pilgrims, including women and children, along the Al Hejra highway to Makkah to perform Umrah.

Initial investigations suggest the bus overturned after the driver dozed off at the wheel, losing control of the vehicle, it was reported.