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Updated at 6pm with the names of the victims and more details from the Nepalese and Philippine Embassies
Four men have been killed in a road accident outside Mesaieed earlier this morning, when a mini-bus apparently collided with a truck.
The deceased are two Nepalis and two Filipinos. Their names are Ram Prasad Rajbandhi (45), Girija Khanal (22), Ysrael Villamarin Cenina (37) and Reymel Anonuevo Manalo (22), officials from their respective embassies confirmed to Doha News.
A source at Wakrah Hospital, where the bodies were taken, said they died from head injuries sustained in the crash.
The men worked for Doha-based construction company IMCO Engineering. A representative from the company confirmed the deaths to Doha News, but did not comment further.
The Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo Santos said in a statement that the accident took place at 7.30am when the men were traveling in their company’s rented bus, on their way to work in Mesaieed.
He said the Filipino victims’ next-of-kin have already been informed and IMCO is processing the shipment of their remains to the Philippines.
An official for the Nepalese Embassy in Doha said they were still attempting to contact the families of their deceased nationals.
At least four other IMCO employees were injured in the incident. Two Nepalis are currently in a serious condition at Hamad General Hospital, while two Filipinos were treated for minor injuries and have been discharged from hospital.
Photographs circulating on social media show a white bus turned over on its side and lying at a right-angle to the road, with the driver’s cabin against a crash barrier.
The right side of the vehicle is badly damaged, and personal belongings appear scattered on the road. A number of trucks can be seen at the accident site, as well as at least one unconscious person.
Emergency vehicles and at least one air ambulance could also been observed at the scene.
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