1 dead, 5 hurt as night bus falls into ditch in Tanahun

DAMAULI: A person died and five others sustained injuries after a night bus they were travelling on met with an accident in Myagde Rural Municipality-6 along the Damauli-Khairenitar road section in Tanahun district on Friday night.

The District Police Office, Tanahun identified the deceased as Raghubanshi Thakuri (60) of Mulmi Rural Municipality-1 in Parsa district and injured as Laxmi Ojha (42) of Kaski district, Gita Bhandari (38) of Bajura district, Krishna Bahadur Thin (46) of Rautahat district, and Sarita Ghalang (18) and Kumar Moktan (18), both the residents of Parsa district.

The incident occurred when the over speeding night bus ( Na 4 Kha 6500) en route from Pokhara to Birgunj left the road and ended up in a ditch injuring the passengers aboard, at Akala, at around 9:00 pm yesterday, according to the DPO.

Critically injured Thakuri was rushed to the Pokhara-based Gandaki Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at 10:30 the same night during the course of treatment, said police. Other passengers with minor injuries are being treated at the local health facilities, informed police.

Meanwhile, further investigation into the case is underway and search is on for the bus driver who fled the scene after the incident, said police.