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Seven men killed, several others injured in bus accident in Al Khor

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Photos taken after vehicles were involved in a crash were supplied to Doha News

A car accident in Al Khor that killed seven people last week has left several others injured, some in critical condition.

Three Nepali workers were killed on Friday after their employer-provided bus was hit by a pickup truck driving in the wrong direction, according to an embassy representative in Doha.

Pusparaj Siaakoti, Ram Saroaar Shah and Surya Bahadur Karki were all killed.

Eight other Nepali men were also involved in the accident, the representative said.

The news comes days after Qatar released its latest traffic figures, showing a rise in the number of overall accidents in May. However, that month also saw fewer road-related fatalities – 19, down from 29 in April.

Speaking to Doha News, an official at Seagull Trading & Contracting (STC) said a Sri Lankan man who worked for the company was driving the bus and also died.

The driver of the pick up, along with two other passengers with him, were also killed during the collision. They are thought to be Indian, but this has not been confirmed by embassy representatives.

The STC representative said the accident took place around 2:45pm on Friday, June 27 in Al Khor, on the highway to Ras Laffan.

A pickup truck apparently trying to overtake a car ahead of it swerved into oncoming traffic, and collided head-on with a bus going in the opposite direction, toward workers’ accommodations.

Injured

Among the injured, four patients are in Hamad Hospital – including two men in critical condition with severe head trauma.

Two others with fractures have been transferred to Al Wakra Hospital, and two more were discharged from the hospital earlier this week.

In addition to STC, others who were traveling on the bus worked for the Middle East Development & Trading Contracting Company, Sebco Trading & Contracting and the Empire Group WII.

Hamad Medical Corp.

There is little identifying information about the passengers and drivers who killed while traveling in the pickup truck.

All of the deceased’s bodies were sent to the morgue at Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC). Morgue officials declined to comment on the details, only confirming that seven people were killed.

Speaking to Doha News today, Nepali expat Om Prakash Aryal, one of the injured at Hamad Hospital, said:

“I didn’t even know it was happening. I was looking down at my phone, doing something, and then we felt the crash. There was blood everywhere. I saw two people die on the spot. The driver was shouting, but then he turned quiet too. I think he died.”

Aryal has two broken legs and a fractured arm, while his colleague sharing the same room, Birpul Tiwari, has a broken nose and leg.

While Tiwari could be seen walking around on crutches today, Aryal remains bed-ridden, having undergone surgery in both legs on Saturday.

A nurse at Hamad Hospital who was in the room during the time of the interview commented that once Aryal is discharged, he will need extensive rehabilitation, help, and a wheelchair with an attached commode.

Meanwhile, Tiwari, despite his injuries and damaged nose, was discharged today. A Seagull representative picked him up from the hospital today to transfer him to his accommodation, where Tiwari would be given access to a wheelchair, he told Doha News.

The representative said that Tiwari was being released due to a shortage of beds at the hospital.

However, in a statement sent to Doha News about the accident, HMC said:

“Before discharge, each and every patient is assessed by their attending physician and provided with follow-up care and advice. There are patients remaining in our care who will be discharged at a time deemed clinically appropriate by his or her care team.

HMC wishes to assure the public of its continuous commitment to bringing safe, effective and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients.”

The Seagull representative said that follow up-appointments for Tiwari with ENT specialists, and orthopedic and plastic surgeons had been booked, and that the company would ensure that the best care would be provided.

Waiting to wake up

Two other Nepali workers remain in critical condition in Hamad’s Intensive Care Unit.

Both men suffered from severe head injuries. One, aged 37, also sustained multiple fractures on both legs, while the other has a fractured jaw, leg, and thigh.

Due to the extent of their injuries, doctors cannot yet operate on them. Speaking to Doha News, the doctor working on both men’s cases said:

“There is nothing that we can do at the moment. There is no surgery or procedure that can be done to improve the extent of their head injuries. We need to operate on their legs, but can only do that when they are stable. For now, we just have to let the body heal itself, and see if they wake up.”

To help them heal, both men are in medically-induced comas. Whether they will wake up once doctors try to take them out a coma remains to be seen.

The doctor added that should they wake up, both men will need extensive and long-term rehabilitation.

“It will be a long road to recovery, if they do wake up. However, regardless of whether the company covers their stay, we will continue to give them the best treatment we have to offer.”

What’s next

For now, the bodies of the seven deceased remain at the Hamad Hospital morgue, where there are expected to stay pending the results of a police inquiry into the accident.

Meanwhile, some of those who have been injured are expressing concerns about the future.

Speaking to Doha News, Aryal, the man with two broken legs who is at Hamad Hospital, said:

“You know how it is. We aren’t treated like people. If they discharge me, which they said they will in the next few days, I have no one to help me. In Nepal, I have family, but here, I have no one. No friends, nothing.”

Thoughts?

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DExp
DExp
6 years ago

If the accident was on last Friday, the report should have been published on Saturday the least or only Tuesdays?

Shabina921
Shabina921
6 years ago
Reply to  DExp

We only heard about it yesterday – and there was a lot of footwork to do to find out more information and verify it.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Shabina921

Why, one must ask, was it covered up? There are reports all the time of road traffic accidents in the newspapers, but not this one. Strange too that it is still not known who the driver was….

Shabina921
Shabina921
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

In our experience, these kinds of stories don’t come out as often because the people involved do not always have access to the internet, or do not speak English or Arabic well – making it difficult for local media outlets to pick up the story.

So it’s not really a question of covering up, as police and hospital officials almost never want to discuss road accident details, but of access.

Big Sumo
Big Sumo
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

I read about it on the Gulf Times website Monday I think, in any case several days ago

superkev
superkev
6 years ago

very sad – however, I’mpretty sure the doctors that help |Michael Schumacher did not come up with this statement….
“There is nothing that we can do at the moment. There is no surgery or procedure that can be done to improve the extent of their head injuries. We need to operate on their legs, but can only do that when they are stable. For now, we just have to let the body heal itself, and see if they wake up.”

reddevil
reddevil
6 years ago
Reply to  superkev

Thats for Michael Schumacher!if you think these labourers will get same high class treatment as schumacher,you are living in fantasy.Unfortunately,money talks and humanity dont exists anymore in the world,qatar isnt any exception!!

greylag
greylag
6 years ago

Under the Labour Law, it is the employers responsibility to take care of them and get them back to their home country.

wee_johnnie
wee_johnnie
6 years ago
Reply to  greylag

But what happens to them when they get back home? How are they expected to support their families, pay for ongoing medical care? These people are innocent, but their future lives have been blighted now by careless and reckless driving.

Something must be done to bring the loss of life of all nationalities to an end.

greylag
greylag
6 years ago
Reply to  wee_johnnie

Same thing that happens to any of the rest of us. You either have a National Health service in your home country ( UK, Europe), or you have health insurance ( US). If you have neither, it comes down to the family.
We easily try to blame bad driving on the guys in the Land Cruisers, but I see everyday people from all nationalities driving, who probably never even had a car in their home country. They come here, take a very basic course and test, and get certified as ‘drivers’. Then you see them doing all manner of bad driving, in vehicles which should not be on the road. Old beat up pickups, worn out tyres, no lights, and driving far too fast to be safe. And with half a dozen colleagues inside.

One suggestion for the box- Qatar should commence an ‘MOT’ system as in most developed countries. This would sweep all the unsafe vehicles off the roads.

Big Sumo
Big Sumo
6 years ago
Reply to  wee_johnnie

This dilemma faces all innocent accident victims around the world. Usually car insurance pays for medical treatment but families too bear the burden, especially if it’s the bread winner. I had a distant family member pass away from an accident (not their fault) back in NZ and it literally crushed his family financially and emotionally overnight. There was surprisingly little support or recourse.

Manish Khanijo
Manish Khanijo
6 years ago

God Bless their soul

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Surely the driver of the pick up who caused the accident through dangerous driving had insurance? The insurance should cover the medical costs incurred by these men, and compensation for their injuries. Or am I being naïve?

Yousuff Khan
Yousuff Khan
6 years ago

can any one able to tell me where is the exact location of the accident

BarneyG
BarneyG
6 years ago

Very very sad, but until the government or relevant authorities clamp down on the unbelievable amount of people still using their phones whilst driving the death and accident rate will only go up …..yesterday a guy pasted me reading a book on his steering wheel !!!!!! crazy

MaggieT
MaggieT
6 years ago
Reply to  BarneyG

We saw someone driving on the Doha Expressway last Saturday reading his newspaper!

vquix
vquix
6 years ago

Safe, Effective and Compassionate Care at Hamad General Hospital? this is the joke of the year! You can not expect any quality of care what so ever from some healthcare Managers who managed to get into high level functions in Qatar while they are unqualified or got a bad history in their home countries.What we see is the normal consequences of poor care. What actually should be addressed in this article or a new article is how some unqualified healthcare professionals are managing our health in Qatar which has impact on our life to close the gaps in the system of how they got the jobs and still in the jobs.Poor us.

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