Saudi official blames high wind for toppling of Mecca crane

September 12, 2015 2:02 PM

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Saudi official blames high wind for toppling of Mecca crane

High winds caused a massive crane to fall and smash into Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage, the head of Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate said Saturday.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — High winds were to blame for the toppling of a massive crane that smashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque and killed at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage, the head of Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate said Saturday.

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