At least 16 persons have been killed and an estimated two dozen persons injured when a passenger bus skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Hansapur of Arghakhanchi district, Sunday morning.
The bus numbered Lu 1 Kha 3978 had left Gokhunga at 6.30 am, this morning and was heading towards district headquarter Sandhikharka. The accident occurred at a place called Kamerepani, at a distance of five-hour walk from the district headquarter.
Police have said the number of dead could increase further as many passengers are still trapped inside the bus. Although police have reached the site for rescue, they have not been able to reach the place where the bus is trapped due to the extreme difficulty of the landscape.
The recovered sixteen bodies are those that had fallen off the bus through the door and the windows as it was falling off. The bus has been trapped some three hundred metres below the road.
It is estimated about 40 passengers were traveling in the bus.
The deceased include Baburam Khanal, Umesh Khanal, Nabin Poudel, Prem Poudel and his granddaughter, Meera Poudel and her baby, Hari Prasad Panthi and bus driver Surya Bista. Most of the deceased are from Gokhunga.