Soil from overturned tipper kills one, injures two

Kathmandu, December 28

A person was killed and two others injured when a tipper laden with soil overturned and buried them in Balaju today, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said.

The deceased has been identified as Dal Bahadur Bishunkhe, 70, of Dhading district. He and his family used to run a mobile tea shop on a pushcart on the roadside in Balaju area. His 65-year-old wife Sanu Nani and Pragyatayna Lama, 48, of Nuwakot, who was having tea as a customer, were injured. MTPD said Dal Bahadur succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj. The injured — Sanu Nani and Lama — are receiving treatment at the Dhapasi-based Green City Hospital.

The tipper was en route to New Bus Park from Goldhunga after unloading the soil. A taxi was destroyed and three others also suffered minor damage as a huge amount of soil fell on them nearby the mobile tea shop. The incident occurred at around 5:00 am. MTPD said the tipper driver was arrested for legal action.

Despite the government’s restriction on the movement of tippers in the valley, the heavy vehicles continue to unleash terror on bikers and pedestrians. On December 16, Sushila Deula, 43, of Chhetrapati, died a tipper hit the motorcycle she was riding pillion in Ramghat, Kathmandu Metropolitan City-15. Sushila’s brother Bidur Deula, 31, of Kirtipur the rider, was also injured.

MTPD said 10 persons were killed by tipper-hit in Kathmandu valley in the past three months. Water tankers, cargo trucks and tippers account for nearly 30 per cent of accidents.

The government had decided to allow tippers to be operated from 8:00pm to 5:00am on and inside the Ring Road, and on the Koteshwor-Jadibuti-Pepsicola stretch with effect from July 17 to reduce accidents caused by them.

Recently, Patan High Court had quashed a writ petition filed by Birwa Construction Pvt Ltd on behalf of Dolakha chapter of Nepal Truck and Tipper Transport Entrepreneurs Association against the government’s move to impose restriction on the movement of tippers in the valley.