x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Lorry crashes into Saudi airport's departure lounge killing two

A service lorry crashed into a passenger lounge of Jeddah international airport killing two Iranian pilgrims.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA // A service lorry crashed into a passenger lounge of Jeddah international airport in Saudi Arabia, killing two Iranian pilgrims and injuring four others, media reports said today.

The lorry, driven by a Nepalese man, careened through the glass panes of the King Abdulaziz International Airport terminal yesterday, the reports said, citing the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority.

The Iranians had been waiting to board a flight to Tehran after pilgrimages to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Iran's Al Alam television said the two passengers who died were in their sixties and that two of the four injured were treated on the spot and able to travel, while the other two were hospitalised.

The Nepalese lorry driver was arrested and an investigation launched into the accident, Saudi media reports said.