18 killed in bus accidents

18 killed in bus accidents

Jun 2, 2014-

At least 18 people died and about 100 others were injured in two separate road accidents in Pyuthan and Chitwan districts on Monday.

Sixteen people were killed when a jam-packed bus swerved off the road and plunged onto the banks of the Madi river at Gothibang-1 in Pyuthan at 5 pm. Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Karumbang said most of the deceased were Indian pilgrims and their identity is yet to be ascertained.

Nine persons died on the spot, two succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital and five others breathed their last in Pyuthan District Hospital, said police. Fifty-eight people were injured, four critically, in the tragedy. Nineteen were referred to Bhairahawa Medical College while the others are receiving care in the district hospital.

The ill-fated vehicle was on its way to Krishnanagar of Kapilvastu from Bhingri, Pyuthan. Most of the passengers were pilgrims returning from Swargadwari Temple.

“The driver was trying to dial a number on his cell phone while the vehicle skidded off the narrow road,” said Jamuna Pokharel, who survived the accident. Personnel from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force reached the site immediately and rescued the victims with the help of locals.

Our Chitwan correspondent said two persons died and 41 others were injured when a Dharan-bound bus overturned at Aaptari in Bharatpur-1.

Sub Inspector Ramchandra Ghimire of the District Traffic Police Office said the speeding vehicle hit a wall and overturned on the road due to a brake failure. Police identified the victims as Suraj Thapa Magar, 37, of Udayapur and Shambhu Narayan Chaudhary, 35, of Sunsari.

Published: 03-06-2014 08:29

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