DOTI, June 26: Eleven people died and half a dozen were injured when a microbus heading for Mahendranagar from Dadeldhura fell 150 meter down the road Tuesday morning.
BARUN PANERU/PUSHPARAJ JOSHI
The bus with number plate Se 1 Kha 502 was in high speed when it lost balance and rolled down the road at Ruwaskanda of Chhatiban VDC -9 on Bhimdatta Highway at 8 am.
Ten had breathed their last on the spot while one died while during treatment.
The deceased have been identified as Kailash Datta Joshi, 30, from Kanchanpur, Pipaladi VDC-5; Jaggannath Bohora, 42, from Malhahdevi, Baitadi; Fida Hussen, 35, from Bareli, India; Dhiraj Panta, 38, from Silanga, Baitadi; Chandra Bahadur BK, 28, from Ganteshwar, Doti; Janaki Devi Joshi, 60, from Lamitande, Dadeldhura; Chandra Devi Pandey, 38, from Ruinpat, Dadeldhura; and Dal Bahadur Aairi, 45 and Pratap Bista, 60 from Aatilal, Dadeldhura. According to the District Police Office, Doti, Bista had died while undergoing treatment at Padma hospital. Two of the deceased are yet to be identified.
Similarly, half a dozen of people including three minors have sustained injuries, police said. While assistant driver Ganesh Chand has been injured, driver Besh Bahadur Shrestha from Agargadi municipality, Dadeldhura is absconding.
The preliminary report of police stated that the high speed bus with 18 people lost balance in a turning and fell off the road.
Driver was drowsing
-Ganesh Bahadur Chand, helper
We left for Mahendranagar from Dadeldhura at around 7 am carrying 15 passengers. After almost an hour, our bus rammed into an electricity pole and fell some 700 meters down the road. We survived the accident and climbed up to the road. I sustained injuries to my head and nose.
Two children were crying on the road. I took them to hospital by a bus that was heading to Kathmandu from Dadeldhura. As I was also injured, I could not save others. I think the road where the accident took place was not difficult. I think the accident occurred as the driver was drowsing.