Eight People Killed, Including 1 MP, in Jordan's 'Road of Death' Highway

Published April 22nd, 2018 - 11:00 GMT
Jordan's Desert Highway has always been described as the "road of death"  because it is badly in need of repairs but apparently nobody is listening (AFP/File Photo)
Jordan's Desert Highway has always been described as the "road of death" because it is badly in need of repairs but apparently nobody is listening (AFP/File Photo)

Eight people, including  Parliamentary Deputy Mohammad Amamreh and six of his family members, were killed in a road accident on the Desert Highway on Saturday evening, official sources said.

Jordan's  Lower House Deputy Amamreh’s (South Badia) vehicle collided with a winch truck, with the “strong impact” causing the immediate death of the MP, his wife and their five children, according to a Civil Defence Department  (CDD) report.

A passenger in the winch truck died shortly after being admitted to hospital and a second was listed in critical condition, the CDD said.

A senior traffic official told The Jordan Times that the cause of the accident was still being investigated.

“We have formed a committee to investigate the cause of this unfortunate accident and we will inform the public once we reach a conclusion,” the senior traffic officials said.

 Facebook users said that those who died in the accident also included Amamreh’s driver. It was not possible to verify these statements by press time on Saturday.

 


Karak Deputy Mesleh Tarawneh expressed grief on his Facebook page over the passing of Amamreh, saying, “Amamreh was another victim of the Desert Highway”.

Tarawneh has often been criticising the government over the deteriorating condition of the Desert Highway, which he and other people have described as “road of death”.

Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh expressed condolences over the passing of Amamreh, according to Petra. 

He also decided to postpone the House’s two sessions which were scheduled for Sunday. According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the decision comes to allow House members to offer condolences to Amamreh’s family.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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