UK man crushed in deadly shipping container accident
A British expat was killed Sunday near Qatar’s Doha Port when a shipping container fell from a truck onto his vehicle, the British embassy in Doha has confirmed.
The embassy declined to identify the victim as his family are still being informed of their loss, but a source said that the man was in his 40s.
The man was reportedly driving down the Corniche in Doha on Sunday afternoon when a truck turned onto the street leading to the Ras Abu Abboud tunnel/Sharq interchange.
As the truck turned, witnesses said the container overturned and fell onto the victim’s vehicle.
Photos taken by residents stuck in traffic shows a crane being used to lift the container, which the was carrying scaffolding materials, according to Gulf Times.
The Corniche is frequented by trucks carrying shipping containers as it is the primary access road to Doha Port, the country’s main container hub, with more than 100 vessel calls per month.
The accident will underscore the need to move commercial port operations out of residential areas, which is one of the main reasons behind the development of Hamad Port in Umm Al-Houl near Mesaieed.
Doha Port is too small and congested to meet Qatar’s growing shipping needs and Hamad Port, previously known as the New Port Project, is due to open in phases from later this year when a soft launch will take place.
All commercial shipping will then be moved from Doha Port to Hamad Port and the old container terminal in the capital will instead be used exclusively by cruise ships visiting the city, mostly from Germany, according to Cruise Arabia & Africa.