Karnali, Oct. 12: The death toll in Mugu bus accident has reached 32. Province Police Office, Surkhet informed that 24 passengers died on the spot, four died in course of rescue at Talcha airport, and remaining four during treatment at Nepalgunj.
Those killed in the accident are 22 male and 10 female. A bus (Bhe 1 Kha 3167) heading to Gamgadhi, district headquarters of Mugu, from Nepalgunj met accident at Chhayanath Rara Municipality-7 on Tuesday. Information officer at Province Police Office, Jiban Lamichhane, shared the information that report on only driver Dal Bahadur Rawal was made so far. It would take time to prepare report with details on others, he added.
It has been guessed that the accident occurred after a front tyre punctured. The bus had slid some 300 meters down the road. There were 45 passengers in the bus when it left Nepalgunj on Monday. Additional details on the incident are awaited.
The injured ones were taken to Nepalgunj via Nepal Army helicopter and the helicopter belonging to Summit Airs. They have been receiving treatment at Kohalpur and Nepalgunj. Similarly, a six-year-old girl with minor injury is receiving treatment at Mugu Hospital.
Most of those losing lives in the accident are from Gamgadhi and Chhayanath Rara Municipality.
Chief District Officer Rom Bahadur Mahat and security chiefs in the district had taken initiative for rescue immediately after the accident.
Chief of Province Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ganesh Bahadur Air informed that those rescued from the incident were sent to treatment immediately. Thirteen passengers are getting treatment now, according to him.