RUKUM, Feb 14: Two persons were killed and 18 others seriously injured when a passenger bus driven by a helper plunged around 100 meters down the road at Math of Khalanga on Tuesday.
Nirmala BK, 25, of Rungha-1 and Rajesh Budha, 15, of Taksera-1 died in the accident. The bus (Na 4 Kha 4923) driven by helper Narayan Oli of Salyan was being taken to the bus-park at Salle, Khalanga-2.
BK died on the spot while Budha died while undergoing treatment at the District Hospital in Salle, said the police.
Helper Oli, Ghanashyam Thapa, 40, of Salle, Binod Dalami, 14, of Rungha-7, Rohit RC, 18, of Athbiskot-5, Prem Budha, 18, of Jhula-7, Sushila Pariyar of Rukumkot-3, Bir Bahadur Khadka of Khara-8, Bhim Bahadur Budha, 15, of Jhula-7, Tara Prasad Oli of Damachour, Salyan, Kamal Chand of Salyan, Devi Lal BK of Choukhawang, Khima BK, two, of Rungha-2, Asha BK, 22, of Rungha, Sharada BK of Rukumkot-3, and three policemen posted at the District Police Offoce-Krishna BK, Ananta Paudel and Ram Bahadur Shahi are among the seriously injured.
Security persons from The Famous Battalion of Nepal Army, Nepal Police and locals rescued the injured while a few passengers managed to jump to safety.
The injured have all been taken to Nepalgunj on a Tara Air chopper for treatment.