10:48 Mar. 17, 2016
The accident happened near Jordan's border with Saudi Arabia
The number of Palestinian pilgrims killed when their bus overturned in a remote area of southern Jordan rose from 14 to 16 overnight, including nine who had been pinned under the vehicle, officials said Thursday (March 17).
The bus veered off the road in the accident late Wednesday (March 16) near Jordan's border with Saudi Arabia, Farid Sharea, a spokesman for Jordan's Civil Defense department, told the Voice of Palestine radio station.
Injured passenger Azzah Ibrahim said he remembers the bus overturning. "Some of us were beneath the bus, and some of us were inside the bus, between the chairs," Ibrahim said from his hospital bed in the southern city of Maan, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the scene of the accident.
Sharea said heavy equipment was used to lift the bus and pull nine bodies from underneath the vehicle.
The windows of the mud-smeared bus were shattered. Glass shards, passengers' crumpled clothing and empty water bottles were strewn on the floor of the vehicle.
The passengers, all from the West Bank, had been on their way to a Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.