Bus crash victims buried in Madinah

December 22, 2012
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The three Bahraini women who died in Saudi Arabia after the bus transporting them back to Bahrain overturned were buried in Madinah.

The bus driver, initially reported as among the fatalities of the accident on Monday afternoon, is recovering in a Saudi hospital alongside five other injured passengers. Their condition is believed to be stable, but they are being kept under medical monitoring.

The other passengers arrived home by a plane that had been dispatched by Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa to repatriate them.

Dramatic scenes unfolded at the airport on Wednesday as the fortunate passengers and their families were reunited before a medical team took those wounded to the Salmaniya Medical Complex for further treatment.

Witnesses said the accident happened after the driver fainted, losing control of the bus and causing it to hit the pavement and overturn. Some of the passengers were reportedly thrown out onto the ground.

The passengers, all Bahrainis, were on their way home after performing Umrah and visiting Madinah.

One of the victims was identified as a University of Bahrain student.

A large number of Bahrainis took advantage of an official four-day holiday — a combination of the weekend and two days to mark the National Day and the king’s accession to the throne — to travel overland to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE.

The King Fahad Causeway, the 25-kilometre long terrestrial link between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, was remarkably crowded as it was used by thousands of vehicles in both directions.

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