Dhading, May 19
Eight passengers were killed and 29 injured when a night bus plunged into the Trishuli River at Banchhetar of Gajuri Rural Municipality along the Prithvi Highway, this morning.
The bus bound for Kathmandu from Kakadbhitta had veered off the road and fallen 30 metres below into the Trishuli River, at around 6:00am. According to locals, the speeding bus had plunged into the river after smashing a concrete median barrier on the roadside.
Bishal Giri, 20, Sita Thapaliya, 35, Raj Kumar Subedi, 51, and Rajan Acharya, 30, died on the spot, according to Dhading District Police Office. The remaining four breathed their last while being rushed to hospital for treatment. Prakash Shrestha and Shekahr Magar died on the way to hospital while the identity of the other two deceased is yet to be established.
Fourteen of the critically injured were rushed to Kathmandu for treatment while 15 others were sent to the capital later, following primary treatment at health facilities at Gajuri, Adamghat and Galchhi, said SP Raj Kumar Baidawar. All those injured are being treated at National Trauma Centre in Kathmandu.
Nepal Police, APF, the Nepali Army and locals had carried out a rescue operation in the wake of the accident.
Chief District Officer of Dhading Bhagirath Pandey and SP Baidawar had reached the incident site. Preliminary investigation shows the driver lost control of the bus leading to the accident, said SP Baidawar.
A version of this article appears in print on May 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.