Casualties reported after a crane caved in as a result of strong winds at Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Al-Arabiya, reported.
Sixty-two people were killed and others casualty in Makkah’s Grand Mosque after a crane collapsed on Friday in high winds, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
A huge construction crane buffeted by strong winds collapsed and crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca Friday, killing as many as 62 worshippers in the city for the annual Muslim pilgrimage, the Saudi Arabia Civil Defense reports.
The Civil Defense said on Twitter that as many as 30 people had been injured.
Photos sent by Twitter from the scene show numerous blood-covered bodies strewn on a marble floor. The arm of a huge crane appears through a large hole in the roof of the mosque.
The Saudi Civil Defense says search and rescue teams and medical workers form the Saudi Red Crescent have been sent to the scene.
The accident occurred as millions are in the Muslim holy city for the annual pilgrimage that began Sept. 21.
Reports of the accident were also carried byAl Arabiya and other Middle East news sites. The Khaleej Times says there are “many casualties.”