In an accident involving a private charter bus carrying 39 expatriates of Asian and Arab descent, and a loader Saudi Arabia’s Madinah, 35 people were killed, and four have been injured, with the incident having occurred on the Alhirah road in Al-Akhal Centre at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, according to a Saudi Press Agency report.
In a statement SPA cited spokesperson of the Madinah police who said that security authorities alongside Saudi Red Crescent Authority were present on the grounds to deal with the incident and provide necessary help.
According to the spokesperson injured passengers were shifted to Al-Hamna Hospital, SPA reported.
The report added that concerned authorities have begun a probe into the incident.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took ot his Twitter account to express his angiush over the incident. He said: "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."
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 17, 2019
A similar accident was reported in Dubai on 30 September 2019, where eight people were killed and six others seriously injured after a minibus carrying 14 passengers collided with a truck that was stationary on the road shoulder near the city’s Mirdif City Centre on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.