The number of people killed in a bus accident in Mugu today has reached 32. According to the State Police Office, Surkhet, 24 people died on the spot, four died at Talcha Airport and four others died at Nepalgunj. The deceased have been identified as 22 men and 10 women.
The bus (Bhe. 1 Kha 3167) heading to Gamgadhi from Nepalgunj had met with an accident at Pinatpane River in Chhayannath Rara Municipality-7 at around 12 noon. Information Officer at the State Police Office, Inspector Jeevan Lamichhane said that only driver Dal Bahadur Rawal has been identified and it will take time to identify the rest of the deceased.
Police have speculated that the accident may have taken place due to a flat tire on the driver’s side. However, the cause of the accident will be ascertained only after further investigation, said the State Police Office. The bus fell about 300 meters from the road. There were 45 passengers in the bus that left Nepalgunj on Monday.
The injured were airlifted to Nepalgunj by a Nepal Army helicopter and a Summit Air aircraft at the Surkhet base camp. The injured are undergoing treatment at Kohalpur and Nepalgunj Medical Colleges in Banke. A six-year-old girl with minor injuries is undergoing treatment at Mugu District Hospital.
The deceased have been identified as Gamgadhi and Chhayannath Rara of Mugu district. After the accident, Chief District Officer Rom Bahadur Mahat and other security personnel were deployed from Mugu. State Police Chief and Deputy Inspector General of Police Ganesh Bahadur Air said that the district police was rescued and sent for treatment as soon as the news of the accident reached them. According to him, 13 people are currently undergoing treatment.
‘The bus was running. The front driver was sitting nearby. Suddenly there was a thud. The vehicle then overturned uncontrollably. There were up to four bulldogs. I don’t know what happened after that, ”said Harka Bahadur Shah, who is undergoing treatment at Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital, Nepalgunj.
After surviving the tragic accident, Shah reached the bed of Nepalgunj Hospital and described the condition of the accident. According to him, the driver was driving well. “It doesn’t look like the driver was to blame for the accident,” he said.
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