DOHA: At least four Asian workers died in a road accident outside Al Wakra early morning yesterday.
They were part of a group of 14 who were headed in a van to a construction site in Messaieed from Doha.
The vehicle turned turtle after one of its front tyres burst, said people from the accommodation in Najma area of Doha where the deceased lived.
The accident took place between 4.30am and 5am.
A source at the mortuary of Hamad Medical Corporation told this daily that they had received the bodies of at least four victims.
The source identified two of the dead as Nizamuddin and Ataurrehman and said they were Nepalese, in their late 20s. The other victims were Pathans from Pakistan but the source said he didn’t know their names.
They were all construction workers, understandably excavators, according to the people who lived with them in Najma.
They claimed that there were 14 people, including the driver, in the van. They said some of them had visited the hospital and found that the death toll was five and that some injured workers were admitted to the hospital.
Details of how the workers died and whether some died on the spot or in hospital, were not available.
Traffic police could not be contacted for comment.
People who stayed with the victims said the tyre burst after the van had left Al Wakra and was heading towards Messaieed.
It turned over many times and the driver and a worker who sat near him were saved because they were wearing seat belts.