Oil engineer asleep in car in Iraq died after SUV hit pick-up truck at high speed

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 January 2017

Flax Bourton Coroner's Court.

Flax Bourton Coroner's Court.


An oil engineer from Wick St Lawrence died after a head-on collision with another car while he was working in Iraq, an inquest heard.

Graham Febry, aged 49, had fallen asleep in the back of a Toyota pick-up truck on the way back from an oil well on October 2, 2016, when an SUV swerved from its lane and crashed into the car.

Mr Febry, who worked for OilSERV in Iraq, was travelling with other engineers when the fatal incident occurred. An inquest into his death concluded at Avon Coroners’ Court on Monday.

Mark Rixon, who works for OilSERV, said in a statement read out in court: “The third party suddenly swerved at high speed. There was no time for a response. It resulted in a high speed crash.”

Mr Febry suffered fatal neck and chest injuries.

Assistant coroner Peter Harrowing said the collision happened on a straight road on a clear day.

He said: “For some unknown reason, the driver of the oncoming SUV swerved into the Toyota, and the driver had no opportunity whatsoever to avoid that collision.

“Mr Febry was wearing his seatbelt but he was asleep at the time, and therefore would have known nothing of the collision.”

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