Driver killed in Dhankuta van accident

DHANKUTA: A Maruti van met with an accident in Bhedetar of Dhankuta district this afternoon, killing its driver and injuring six passengers.

The van (Ko 1 Cha 4673) was heading towards Dharan from Dhankuta when it overturned on the highway.

The deceased driver is identified as 39-year-old Purna Bahadur Magar of Saptingtar, Aankhisalla-2 of the district.

Likewise, the injured are 22-year-old Sumitra Rai and 26-year-old Ranta Kumar Rai of Aankhisalla-9, 26-year-ild Makar Rai and 28-year-old Umesh Rai of Mahabharat-3, and 30-year-old Binod Kumar Mahato and 25-year-old Sunita Kumari Mahato of Siraha, the District Traffic Police Office, Dhankuta stated.

The injured have been taken to the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan for treatment.

The ill-fated van had fallen some 25 metres down the road after overturning. The cause of the accident is not yet known, according to police.