Road accident kills 19 in western Nepal

The bus was badly damaged in the incident while the truck was just overturned. Photo: Vijay Singh Chhetri

By Vijay Singh Chhetri

Kathmandu, Nepal – At least 19 people were killed and 45 wounded in western Nepal when a bus travelling to Butwal collided with a truck on Wednesday.
The accident happened in the town of Narapani-Jagata, 13 km from Sandhikharka of Arghakhanchi district.  Following the collision, both vehicles fell around 200 meters down the road.
Most of the injured were in critical condition and 23 of the injured persons have been ferried to Kathmandu on Nepal Army helicopter. Some are rushed to the District Hospital and some sent to Lumbini Zonal Hospital in Butwal.
The driver and three passengers of the truck survived after jumping off the vehicle. 
Meanwhile, two people were reported killed in a jeep accident took place at Syale Bajar of Sandhikharka. The jeep was heading towards Krishnanagar from Sandhikharka when it met the accident on the road.
Police said the cause of the accident was yet not clear.
Nepal has one of the world\’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
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