Nepal: At least 35 killed, 54 injured in bus accidents in Western Region & Bheri Zone – Published 081214 1010z (GMT/UTC)

Accident 1

The death toll in Surkhet accident where a bus veered off the road at Pokharikanda-9, on the Karnali Highway has reached 18.

Police said that 14 persons died on the spot while four others breathed their last while receiving treatment. The ill-fated bus (Na 4 Kha 6857), veered off the road and plunged some 500 metres at Kalikhola at around 6:45pm on Sunday. The vehicle was on its way to Tikapur, Kailali, from Kalikot. Surkhet Police Chief SP Rajesh Lal Karna informed that initial investigation showed that the bus with seat capacity of 38, was overloaded with 68 passengers, which caused the vehicle’s brake to fail resulting into the accident. The police have be able to identify 10 of the deceased. Fourty nine persons are injured in the accident. Among the injured, 20 are receiving medical treatment at Surkhet Regional Hospital, 6 are being treated at Maya Nursing Home and another 8 injured passengers are receiving treatments at Deuki Nursing Home. The injured claimed that the driver’s assistant had been driving when the accident happened. Most of the passengers were from Kalikot and Bajura, on their way to India for work.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 08:24 (08:24 AM) UTC RSOE

“The death toll in Surkhet bus accident of Sunday night has reached 18. Ten of them have been identified, said police on Monday, December 8, 2014.

The dead, who have been identified, include: Lalbire Darji, Durga Bista, Dil Sarki, Lal Darji, Manaraj Bista, Ram Darji, Pankhe Sarki and Pane Sarki of Gotri VDC, Bajura.

Similarly, bus driver Min Bahadur Budha of Chhinchu, Surkhet and conductor Bhabi Khatri have been identified.

The bus plated Na 4 Kha 6857 was heading from Jitegaida of Kalikot to Kailali. The bus plunged 700 metres down to a stream Kali Khola at Pokhari Danda, Surkhet due to overload of passengers.

More than 50 people injured in the accident were rushed to hospitals in Surkhet and some were taken to Nepalgunj.

The bus initially carried 36 passengers when it left Kalikot but it took more passengers on the way and that was the reason for the accident, according to police.” – nepalnews.com

Accident 2

An overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, police said Monday.

Police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi said the bus veered off the road near Pokharakada village Sunday night and rolled 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) down a slope. Rescuers pulled out 14 bodies while three more died at a hospital. There were 67 people on the bus, which had 38 seats. The bus was driving on a narrow mountain road during the night when the accident happened about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu. Rescuers worked all night to help the injured passengers and bring the bodies to the main road, police said. The injured are recovering in hospitals in nearby towns and a dozen of them are in critical condition, they said. Bus accidents in Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 03:58 (03:58 AM) UTC

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