KATHMANDU: At least 19 persons including seven women and 3 children died, and 16 others sustained injuries after the bus they were travelling on skidded off the road and plunged into the Trishuli River in Gajuri Rural Municipality-5 of Dhading district this morning.
District Traffic Police Office, Gajuri, has identified 10 of the deceased as Indian national Mamata Devi Thakur, Raj Kumar Yadav (50) and Aditya Yadav (6) of Siraha district, Rama Nanda Yadav (24), two Parvati Chaudhary (26), Sushan Chaudhary (3), Sanjeet Kumar Jha (38), Manjeet Kumar Jha (33) and Chandravati Jha (16).
Joint team of security personnel searching for the missing passengers of the bus (Na 6 Kha 1467) that plunged into Trishuli River at Bange in Ghatabesi in Gajuri Rural Municipality-5 of Dhading district, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Photo: Keshav Adhikari/THT
The overloaded night coach (Na 6 Kha 1467) heading to Kathmandu from Rajbiraj, plunged into the Trishuli River from the turning point at Bange in Ghatabesi at around 6:00 am today, according to Superintendent of Police Dhruba Raj Raut at the District Police Office, Dhading.
Security personnel from Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force with the help of locals, jointly rescued 16 injured passengers who were fallen into the river in the accident along the Prithvi Highway. The teams have recovered 19 dead bodies until now while the search is on for other missing passengers.
All the injured passengers were rushed to the Gajuri Primary Health Post and the Gajuri Hospital from where two of the critically injured were rushed to the Trauma Centre in Kathmandu.
Police Inspector Krishna Prasad Sapkota at the District Traffic Police said that two passengers who had managed to swim across the river have lost contact.
Most probably the accident was occurred when the driver failed to take the high speed bus under control at the turning point due to poorly visible roads, police informed.
An injured passenger told police that the bus was carrying 17 passengers from Rajbiraj to Kathmandu before it added 35 passengers at Hetauda on the way. The new driver who had driven from Hetauda seemed to be in haste, the injured said and added that he was driving too fast.
Meanwhile, the search operation is being carried out in the river, said police.
Road accidents in Nepal, which is mostly covered with mountains, are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and road conditions.