Four Indians killed in Qatar accident

July 11th, 2008 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS  


Dubai, July 11 (IANS) Four Indians were killed and another was injured when a pick-up truck they were travelling in collided head-on with a trailer truck in Qatar early Wednesday. While three of the Indians died on the spot, the fourth died in hospital, the Gulf Times newspaper reported.

The accident occurred when the pick-up smashed head-on with a trailer truck near the Al Sailiya area in the Qatari capital of Doha.

All the victims were employed with the Saudi Arabia-headquartered National Construction Company.

“I only remember having left the camp in complete darkness with my friends, who are no more now. When I opened my eyes, I was in hospital,” Ethiraj Guruswamy, the Indian machine operator who sustained serious injuries, told the newspaper.

The driver of the pick-up was also injured. The trailer’s driver, a Nepali national, has been arrested.

All the four deceased belonged to villages in and around Kovilpatti in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. Two of them hailed from the same village.

Efforts are on to send the bodies to India by Sunday evening, the report said.

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