Sixty-Five Dead in Mecca Crane Collapse

(insert own “tragic/ let’s make Saudi Arabia glass” comment here)

At least 65 people were killed and scores were wounded Friday when a crane collapsed in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence authority said.

The accident happened as pilgrims from around the world converged on the city, Islam’s holiest site, for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place this month.

The civil defence authority announced the collapse and a series of rising casualty numbers on its official Twitter account. It said 154 people were wounded in the accident.