Jordan: Muslim pilgrims’ bus returning from holy shrines in Saudi Arabia crashes. 15 dead, 42 injured – 160313 1450z

Jordan says a bus carrying Palestinian pilgrims has overturned and crashed into a trailer on a highway near the Israeli border, killing 15 people.

A Civil Defense statement says 14 pilgrims and the driver were killed in the Saturday accident, while 32 Palestinians were injured.

The statement says the pilgrims were passing through Jordan on their way back to the West Bank from Muslim holy shrines in the cities of Mecca and Medina in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

It says the bus driver lost control over the brakes, skidded and collided into a trailer, then overturned about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge.

The bridge across the Jordan River is used for passengers and cargo traded with the West Bank.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013 at 13:41 (01:41 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

At least 42 pilgrims returning from Mecca injured after bus turns over, Jordanian news agency reports.

Bus crash [file].

Bus crash [file]. Photo: Mandy Hechtman

Fifteen Palestinians and Jordanians were killed and 42 others were injured on Saturday when their bus flipped over on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea road, 25 kilometers southwest of Amman, the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Five of the injured were in critical condition, and 25 of the injured were evacuated to Amman hospitals, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

The bus, that was reportedly carrying Palestinians and Jordanians on their way back from a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, turned over after colliding with a van and a private vehicle. The bus driver was reportedly killed in the crash.

Six of the victims were from the West Bank city of Jenin, while the rest were Jordanian citizens, Army Radio reported.

“We are working on arrangements to bring the bodies to Jenin,” the governor of Jenin Talal Dweikat told Ma’an.

Israel offered its assistance to Jordan. Magen David Adom has offered Jordan to assist with medical care to the Palestinians who were injured, while Transportation Minister Israel Katz instructed the Israel Airports Authority to help the families of the victims of the crash to cross the border into Jordan

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