CAIRO, October 17. /TASS/. At least 36 pilgrims were killed on Wednesday in a bus accident in Saudi Arabia, the country’s health ministry said.
The death toll confirmed by the police, however, stands at 35.
According to Riyadh Daily, the crash occurred on a highway linking the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
The bus was carrying pilgrims from Asia and Middle East for the Umrah pilgrimage when it collided with a heavy truck. The vehicle caught fire on impact.
In total, the bus had 40 people on board at the time of the accident. Four victims were taken to a hospital.