Three killed as bus crushes four motorbikes on its side

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu
Three killed as bus crushes four motorbikes on its side

Oct 13, 2014-

At least three people died and eight others were injured on Monday evening when a passenger bus turned on its side at Babarmahal in Kathmandu. Four motorcycles were crushed under the bus, killing three who were thrown in the middle of the road opposite the Kathmandu District Court at around 6:45pm.

Police identified two of the deceased as Makdul Miya Thakurayan of Bara and Tilak Prasad Gautam of Mahottari while the identity of the third is yet to be ascertained. According to doctors at Civil Service Hospital, Minbhawan, the three had already died as they were brought in.

The bus, Ba 1 Kha 8676, coming from Banepa, is believed to be carrying some 40 people. The injured have been identified as Devika Lama of Dhading, Ashim Kafle of Battisputali, Basu Shrestha of New Road, Nilesh Nakarmi of Kirtipur, Jamuna Shrestha of Bhotahity, Saiure Waiba of Sindhupalchok, Padam Prakash Sharma of Kailali and Yam Kumar Magar of Panchthar. They are being treated in Bir and Civil Service hospitals.

Although the cause of the accident is not yet clear, passengers and police blame speed. Some say the bus lost control after it rammed a motorcycle. The bus apparently skidded to the left after hitting a road island on its right on one of the busiest roads in the Valley.

Yam Kumar Magar said he was sitting in the front row of the bus with the driver to his right. Magar said the bus was speeding and they were thrown out of the windshield when it crashed.

“It happened in an instant. We could not fathom what was going on,” said Magar, who is receiving care at Civil Service Hospital for head injury.

Ashish Kafle, who works for the Chaudhary Group office in Sanepa, was returning home. He is being treated for hand and leg fractures in Bir Hospital. Kafle’s mother demanded that the driver be booked immediately and his licence revoked. Basu Shrestha said she only remembers a shriek of the bus.

Superintendent of Police Basanta Pant of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division suspected the driver to have slammed the brakes uncontrollably. “We will see if brake failure caused the accident,” he said.

Police identified the driver as Chandra Bahadur Tamang, who along with his helper is on the run.

Published: 14-10-2014 09:06

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