Nepal: Bus plunges 40m (50ft) into gorge in Darchula, 7 dead (named), 41 injured – 230513 1140z

Dharchula District, Nepal (Image:aarthiknews.com)

Seven persons died, and 25 (updated to 41) others got injured when a bus en-route to Khalanga, Dharchula from Mahendranagar met with an accident at Gokuleshwor-6, Nangta at Mahakali Highway on Thursday morning.

The Mahakali Yatayat bus (Na. 1 Kha 8285) fell some 40 metres off the hilly road in a gorge causing the fatalities, according to police.

The deceased are identified as Krishna Bhatta, Baitadi, Gopal Khatri and Pitambar Saud Sarmali-Darchula, Narhari Dhami, Kharkada- Darchula, Likewise, three Indian national also got killed in the accident. They are identified as Mahadev Bhatta, Mathura Datta Bhatta and Motiram Bhatta, all hailing from Baluwakot, Uttranchal, India.

All of them died at the spot, according to DSP Kuber Singh Kathayet. The injured are being treated at Gokuleshwor Heath Post. Likewise, the seriously injured are being sent to Dadeldhura, and Dhangadhi for further treatment. The police suspect the overload to be the cause of the accident. The rescue process is still underway.
Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 06:38 (06:38 AM) UTC RSOE

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Seven killed, 41 hurt in Darchula bus plunge

 

“At least seven persons were killed and 41 others hurt in an accident that took place in remote Darchula district Thursday morning.

 

The accident occurred when a passenger bus (Na 4 Kha 8385) heading for Darchula from Mahendranagar skidded off the hilly road at Gokuleshwor-6 at around 6 am in the morning and fell about 50 feet down, Darchula District Police Office said.

 

The deceased have been identified as Moti Ram Bhatta, Gopal Singh Khatry, Mahadev Bhatta, Mathura Bhatta, Narsingh Dhami, Krishna Bhatta and Karan Saud. Although most of the deceased are said to be from Darchula itself, but their age including other details could not be verified immediately.

 

Earlier, a team of Army and police personnel that reached the site of the accident were aided by locals to bring out few passengers who were trapped inside the bus to safety.

The injured are currently receiving treatment at a local health post.” - nepalnews.com

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