AMMAN — Five Iraqis, all from the same family, were killed on Sunday in a road accident while on their way to Iraq on the desert highway, official sources said.
The five victims were in a vehicle that overturned on the Ushqof-Rweished highway at around noon, a senior police official told The Jordan Times.
The reason for the accident is still being investigated, the source said, adding that “speeding might be the cause”.
The deceased were identified by officials as Ismael Hameed Mafraji, 42, his 36-year-old wife Mais Taher, their two children Mohammad, 2, and Dina, 3 and Daoud Rasheed Mafraji, 40.
The family was rushed to a nearby hospital, where Ismael Mafraji, Mais Taher and Daoud Mafraji were declared dead on arrival, according to the source.
The two children died shortly after being admitted, the official said.
A second source said an official from the Iraqi embassy in Amman contacted the police to arrange for the burial of the victims.
“The embassy’s lawyer contacted us to coordinate the transfer of the bodies to Iraq, unless their family prefers to bury them in Jordan,” the source told The Jordan Times.
Iraqi embassy officials could not be reached to comment on the accident.
Traffic officials have said that road accidents over the past decade have killed 7,869 people and injured 171,143 in the Kingdom.