Overload, over speed as causes of tipper accident in Mustang: Police

BAGLUNG: Preliminary investigation into the tipper accident launched by the police has determined overload and over speed to be the causes of the accident at Syangboche of Lo Ghekar Damodar Kunda Rural Municipality of Mustang on Friday.

A total of 20 workers died and 12 sustained injuries when a tipper met with an accident. The tipper was carrying workers of Beni-Jomsom-Korala road construction.

Since the driver of the tipper, 23-year-old Sujan Ghalan, also died in the incident, all the details regarding the accident could not be ascertained, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police in Mustang, Mahendra Khadka.

He said, "The tipper was found to have carried 32 workers as well as sacks of sand. The preliminary investigation shows the tipper was carrying passengers beyond its capacity and it was being driven at high speed."

Police have also gauged that the gravel road and the inexperienced driver's ride could have incurred the accident. The workers were mostly aged between20 to 30 years of age. The deceased workers were mostly from Rolpa, Dang and Kailali districts among others.

The injured ones are receiving treatment at Pokhara-based Manipal Teaching Hospital while the bodies of the deceased were handed over to the respective families. All the workers were hired by Biruwa Constructions for the road construction.