Bhalubang Bazaar Horror – Bus Plunge Claims Twelve Lives
A catastrophic bus accident in Bhalubang Bazaar, Dang district, unfolded on Friday night, resulting in twelve fatalities and 24 injuries. The ill-fated bus, en route from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, swerved off the Rapti bridge along the East-West Highway, prompting questions about the role of a nearby traffic police post.
The victims, including leftist intellectual Tara Kanta Pandey and three Indian nationals, faced tragic ends. Speeding is being investigated as the primary cause, raising concerns about the efficacy of traffic management.
A survivor, Mohammad Jabed Ali Darji, recounts his near-death experience and the uncertainty now looming over his job opportunity in Qatar. The accident’s impact on his future underscores the gravity of the incident.
Setopahara Tragedy – Fatal Plunge Claims Five Lives
In another heart-wrenching incident, a fatal car plunge near Setopahara along the Thankot-Chitlang road section in Chandragiri Municipality-4 claimed five lives. The vehicle skidded off the road, falling 600 meters, with four casualties on the spot and one child succumbing to injuries later.
A Weekend Getaway Turned Fatal
The victims, identified as Omkar Tiwari, Kalpana Tiwari, Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gautam, and his children, were possibly en route to Chitlang for a weekend getaway, according to police suspicions.
Srishti Tiwari Gautam, Mahesh’s wife, miraculously escaped the crash by jumping off the vehicle, shedding light on the severity of the accident and the randomness of survival.
Baglung Tragedy – Two Lives Lost in Jeep Overturn
In Baglung, a fatal road accident occurred as a jeep overturned in Pyangkhola of Dhorpatan Municipality, claiming two lives and injuring nine others. Brake failure is being investigated as a contributing factor.
Local Tour Turns Tragic
All occupants of the ill-fated jeep, locals from Chandragiri Municipality of Kathmandu, were on a tour to Dhorpatan in Baglung. The injured have been evacuated to medical facilities for urgent treatment.
Addressing Root Causes – Expert Opinions
Experts weigh in on the persistent issue of fatal road accidents, pointing to poor road infrastructure, vehicle conditions, and reckless driving as primary culprits. Transport and traffic engineer Ashish Gajurel stresses the need for safety barriers and advocates for the establishment of a dedicated road safety council to tackle the pressing issue.