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Four Britons killed in coach crash in Saudi Arabia

The Britons were on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Credit: PA

Four Britons have been killed in coach crash in Saudi Arabia.

A woman aged in her 60s from Blackburn, Lancashire, an elderly woman and her adult son, from Preston, Lancashire, and an elderly man, also from Preston, died in the crash near the town of Al Khalas, said Blackburn-based travel firm Hashim Travel.

The victims were among 18 people on board the coach which was travelling from the holy city of Mecca to Medina on Saturday as part of an Umra pilgrimage.

The driver of the petrol tanker is also said to have died, while other coach passengers were being treated for fractures.

Family members of the victims are planning to fly out to Saudi Arabia within the next 24 hours.

Al Khalas is a settlement roughly 30 miles north of the holy site of Mecca. Credit: ITV News

The travel firm's director Gulfaraz Zaman said: "The coach driver said they were travelling in the opposite direction to the petrol tanker when a car overtook the tanker and he had to move in to the side of the road a little to let it through but then the petrol tanker hit the coach which caught fire."

A Foreign Office (FCO) spokesman confirmed there were UK fatalities among the victims, but details were still emerging following the crash on Saturday.

The spokesman said: "We are supporting the British families of those who have died and those injured following a serious road traffic accident near the town of Al Khalas, Saudi Arabia."

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