Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

At least four Britons killed in Saudi Arabia coach crash

At least four Britons killed in Saudi Arabia coach crash

"My honest sympathies and thoughts are with the families of the four British pilgrims who tragically died in a coach crash in the kingdom on Saturday and for the pilgrims who were injured", Saudi ambassador to Britain, Mohammed bin Nawaf, tweeted.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in London said the accident involved the bus the passengers who died were riding in, a small auto and a gasoline tanker truck.

Hashim Travel said the coach they were on was hit by a fuel tanker which then caught fire and set the bus alight.

It is also understood that a young child is among the injured.

The Foreign Office says it is aware British Nationals have been killed in an accident in Saudi Arabia.

The coach was travelling from Mecca to Medina as part of an Umra pilgrimage when the collision happened.

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The newspaper said the accident occurred on Saturday.

Gulfaraz Zaman, the director of the company, based in Audley Range, Blackburn, said there were 18 people on board.

The four were among 17 British nationals on an umrah pilgrimage travelling from Mecca to Medina, said Hashim Travel, a British company specialising in pilgrimage tours.

Other passengers injured in the crash were from United Kingdom towns including Accrington, Preston, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Northampton and Blackburn and the West Midlands.

Al Khalas is a settlement roughly 30 miles north of the holy site of Mecca.

Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Mohammed Khan, told the local newspaper that he visited the woman's family and passed on his condolences.

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