1 dead, 11 hurt as jeep plunges 45m in Panauti

DHULIKHEL: A person died and 11 others sustained injuries after a Bolero jeep skidded of the road in Panauti Municipality-11 of Kavrepalanchok district on Monday evening.

The ill-fated jeep (Ba 9 Cha 7277) en route to Panauti from Balthali along a perilous trail route plunged about 45 metres, killing a person and injuring 11 others near the Khopasi Hydro Power Project's Powerhouse yesterday, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mahendra Marasini at the District Police Office, Kavre.

It is yet to establish the identity of the deceased, said police. Police identified the injured passengers as Surendra Dangal from Taukhal-3, Lalitpur; Dil Bahadur Chaulagain of Banepa Municipality-11; Anjana Lamichane of Dhulikhel Municipality-11; Sitamaya Tamang of Nuwakot and living at Banepa Municipality-11; Sulochana Shrestha of Bhagawatisthan and living in Pul Bazaar in Banepa; Roshan Shrestha from the same locality; Sabina Magar of Banepa Municipality-6; Sanumaya Lama of Namobuddha; Rojani Lama of Rautahat and living at Banepa's Tindhara and her one-year-old daughter Ayusha Lama, and Dhruba Khatri of Banepa Municipality-10.

Among the injured, Dangal and Tamang were referred to the Trauma Centre in Kathmandu for further treatment while rest are undergoing treatment at the Scheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa, police said.