Colne man’s Saudi Arabia road smash death: inquest

Steven Lonsdale
Steven Lonsdale

A PENDLE man living in Saudi Arabia was killed after dense fog caused a lorry to career into the path of his car, an inquest has heard.

Steven Lonsdale (37), an oil industry engineer who had moved to the country five years prior, was driving to work on Road 7 of the Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia on February 12th, 2010, when the accident happened.

A report from the traffic department said the collision took place around 6-40 a.m. close to the Aranco Bridge when a Mercedes trailer head crossed the central reservation and collided with Mr Lonsdale’s Toyota Hilux car.

The lorry, driven by 40-year-old Mr Bashir, hit Mr Lonsdale’s vehicle causing fatal injuries.

The inquest at Burnley Coroners’ Court heard how authorities had concluded Mr Bashir was “100% responsible for the accident”.

East Lancashire coroner Mr Richard Taylor said he had been awaiting further documents from the Saudi authorities but after consultation with Mr Lonsdale’s family, agreed to finalise the inquest from the traffic report.

Colne man Mr Lonsdale, who had lived in Grosvenor Street, was a keen diver and had worked in Thailand and the Turks before being employed by American firm B&W Fluid Dynamics.

Within the company he was an engineer working in India, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Lonsdale grew up in Nelson, but had lived in Hurstwood Gardens, Brierfield, before jetting off for a new life.

His dad David who lives in Grosvenor Street, paid tribute to his “dream son” at the time of the accident adding “he was a good lad - always caring and understanding.”

His mother Marian added he had left “a hole in her heart”.

At the time of his death tributes were paid to Mr Lonsdale from around the world which his father said was of great comfort.

Mr Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death.