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Egyptian national killed in Qatar crane collapse

At least three others were injured in fatal incident on busy highway in Doha

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PHOTO: Parts of the crane fell across both lanes of traffic near the Old Air Force Roundabout. Credit: dohanews.co

At least one construction worker has been killed and three others injured following the collapse of a crane on one of Doha’s busiest roads.

According to a report by The Cairo Post, the deceased was an Egyptian national, along with two of the injured, citing Walid Haggag, a spokesperson for the Egyptian embassy in the Qatari capital.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning on F Ring road, with witnesses telling Doha News that parts of the crane fell across both lanes of traffic near the Old Air Force Roundabout. Pictures shared across social media sites showed damage to cars and huge sections of the crane spread across the road.

Although the exact cause of the incident has yet to be determined, eyewitnesses on the scene speculated that strong winds may have contributed to the tragedy.

An official from MedGulf, a local construction company who owned the crane, told Doha News that a subcontractor had been in the middle of installing it when it collapsed. The crane was not operational at the time, he added.

“God rest his soul in peace and we sincerely hope something like this doesn’t happen in the future,” the official said. He confirmed that Qatari police were investigating the accident, and added that MedGulf would be conducting its own investigations.

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment when contacted by MEConstructionNews.com.

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