No less than 14 persons have been killed with 13 others injured after a passenger bus carrying people from a small town in northern Nepal crashed on a narrow mountain road on Tuesday, local authorities said.
It was gathered that the bus was heading to Kintang, a remote hamlet up in Nepal’s rugged hills from Dhadingbeshi, the main settlement in Dhading, a district bordering Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon.
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Confirming the tragic incident, a Dinesh Yadav, a police officer deployed at the accident site, told Xinhua that the accident occurred at around 11 am local time, adding that the bus fell some 300 metres down the road and landed on a riverbank.
“We have recovered 14 bodies in total including ten males and four females so far. A rescue operation is under way. I am worried that the death toll may rise,” the police officer said.
It was also learnt that 7 of the injured persons were in critical condition.
Another source, Bishwa Prakash Subedi, chief district officer of Dhading, said:
“A total of 14 people – 10 men and four women – were killed in the accident. Another 13 people were injured.”
The cause of the accident was not immediately known but the country’s police believed it could be the result of a combination of an overloaded bus and the steep gravelled road.
Inadequate maintenance of vehicles, coupled with reckless driving and bad roads, are some of the causes of a number of fatal road accidents in the world.