As many as 5 persons died and 17 others sustained injuries when a passenger bus plunged onto Trishuli River bank in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality-3 of Chitwan district on Sunday.
The bus was heading for Kathmandu from Kankarbhitta Jhapa when it rammed into a truck which was emerging from a rivulet after a wash, and fell on the bank of Trishuli River.
Following the incident, police teams from Mugling-based Area Police Office, Jogimara Police Post, District Police Office, Chitwan, along with police teams from Dhading & the Armed Police Force Disaster Management Training Centre of Kurintar had reached the site for rescue.
“Though the bus is said to have been carrying 30 to 32 passengers, we’re yet to confirm it,” said DSP Dhakal.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police at Chitwan District Police Office, Prabhu Prasad Dhakal, 5 persons lost their lives on the spot & 2 died on the way to Bharatpur for treatment.
It has been learnt that 1 child, 2 women & 4 men were killed in the accident. The identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained.
DSP Dhakal further informed that 22 other passengers have been rescued & taken to various medical facilities in Bharatpur for treatment.
The bus (Na 6 Kha 2506) en route from Kathmandu to Pokhara collided with the truck (Na 5 Kha 7409) heading from the opposite direction & plunged about 100 metres onto the bank of the river along Prithvi Highway, at Chumlingtar this afternoon. It has been indicated that there were 29 passengers on board
the ill-fated bus.