RAJBIRAJ: As many as 16 passengers were injured when a Kakadbhitta-bound microbus overturned at Jandol in Saptari district along the East-West Highway today.

Among the injured, Birendra Shah, his spouse Madhu Devi Shah and Momammad Najib of Sunsari, Phadinra Roka and Ramesh Kumar Shah of Morang have been identified, informed the Rupani Area Police Office.

The incident took place when the microbus (Ba 3 Kha 8287) lost its balance and overturned, police added.

Those critically hurt are receiving treatment at the Neuro Hospital at Biratnagar and those with minor injuries have been admitted to the Dharmeshower Hospital in Saptari, police added.

The driver of the vehicle is on the run following the incident and a manhunt for the absconding driver continues, police added.