The public channel “Al-Ekhbariya” reported on Tuesday evening that a Moroccan citizen was among the survivors of the bus accident which occurred on Monday in the province of Asir, in the south-west of Saudi Arabia, having killed 21 people and injured several.
The same source pointed out that the Moroccan citizen is currently admitted to a hospital in the region to receive the necessary care, adding that the Moroccan expressed, in statements to the channel, his gratitude to the Saudi authorities and the Emir of the province of Asir for the aid and assistance given to the injured in this accident. He will leave the hospital tomorrow Wednesday to return to Morocco on Thursday, the same source indicates.
Saudi media have revealed details of the tragic bus accident. According to them, the drama happened in the “Aqaba Shaar” link between the city of Abha and the governorate of Muhayil Asir, where the mountain roads of the province are called “Aqaba”, derived from the difficulty of the road narrow which was opened in the mountains through tunnels and bridges, as well as deep slopes.
The bus, which was carrying around 50 passengers, overturned while crossing the roughly 14-kilometre-long Aqaba Shaar road due to malfunctioning bus brakes, according to initial reports.
The accident caused the bus to fall down a slight slope at the side of the road and burst into flames, before civil protection, ambulance and fire brigade teams arrived on the scene and began response operations firefighting and passenger rescue.