AMMAN — Officials on Thursday ruled as accidental the death of a 13-year-old boy, who was found hanging with a rope tangled around his neck at his family home in Tafileh.

The family found the boy, who was not identified, in his room with a rope dangling from a curtain pelmet around his neck, at around 10:00pm on Wednesday, a senior official source said.

“His family rushed him to a nearby hospital but he was declared dead on arrival,” the source told The Jordan Times.

A second official said the teenager was at home with his family and then went to his room for around 30 minutes.

“When his family went to check on him, they found him with the rope tied around his neck,” the official explained.

A postmortem conducted by a team of government pathologists found no evidence of foul play and physicians classified the death as “accidental hanging”, he said, adding that the boy’s body was handed over to his family.

Meanwhile, two Egyptian construction workers were killed on Thursday in the capital’s Marj Al Hamam neighbourhood when they were buried by soil and rubble in a 10-metre hole that they were working in, according to a Civil Defence Department (CDD) official.

A third worker, also Egyptian, suffered minor injuries and was recovering at hospital, the CDD official added.

“The Egyptian workers were working in a 10-metre hole at a construction site when all of a sudden several tonnes of soil fell over their heads,” he noted.

The three were buried under the rubble and CDD rescue teams managed to pull them out in less than an hour, according to the CDD official.

“The bodies were taken to the National Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy,” he added.