12 killed, at least 38 injured in two separate road accidentsSeven people died when the bus they were on fell off theroad in Jurikhet, Makwanpur while five people died in another accident in Kyangsi Bagar, Rukum (East).
Subash Bidari & Kashi Ram Dangi
At least 12 people died and more than 35 were injured, some critically, in two separate road accidents in Makawanpur and Rukum (East) on Thursday.
Seven people died and 26 others sustained injuries when a passenger bus swerved off the road and plunged around 50 metres at Jurikhet along the Hetauda-Kulekhani route in Makawanpur district. According to the District Police Office, three critically injured people were referred to Chitwan while 23 others are receiving treatment at Hetauda Hospital.
Police suspect brake failure to be the cause of an accident on a sharp bend in Bhimphedi Rural Municipality-6. The bus en route to Hetauda from Kathmandu fell off the road in the Egharaghumti area.
There were 33 people on board when the accident happened, said police.
A team led by Superintendent of Police Bamdev Gautam, chief of the District Police Office, Makawanpur, reached the site for rescue. The injured were brought to Hetauda after primary treatment at a health centre in Bhimphedi.
In Rukum (East), five people died and 12 others were injured in a bus accident in Kyangsi Bagar of Bhume Rural Municipality-3 on Thursday. Four of the injured are said to be in critical condition and have been taken to Kohalpur for further treatment. The rest of the injured are receiving treatment at the district hospital in Rukumkot, said DSP Prakash Dangi.
The bus en route to Rukumkot from Kathmandu had fallen off the road.
According to Dangi, among the deceased are a two-year-old and his 40-year-old mother from Sisne Rural Municipality-6, Rukum (East).
The bus’s rear wheel got caught in a pothole and lost balance resulting in the accident, said police.