A Western expatriate was killed when his car was smashed by a container that fell off a trailer when it lost its balance while negotiating a turn on the Doha Corniche yesterday afternoon.
Sources, who identified the victim as 45-year-old Derrick James Orwen, said the accident took place near the Doha Port signal. The container had scaffolding materials inside.
The expatriate was said to be the sole occupant of his vehicle at the time of the accident.
Two similar tragedies had been reported from Qatar over the past 15 years, a long-time resident recalled.
“The first was in the year 2000 when three or four occupants of a taxi, including its driver, were killed when a container fell on them near the then Ain Khalid roundabout on Salwa Road. The second, which happened a few years ago at Mamoura, claimed one life,” he added.
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