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Rasuwa bus fall

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Rasuwa bus accident

Bus owner’s family in bus. Daughter among 12 dead. Photo: Nuwakot FM

At least 12 people, two of them Israeli trekkers on their way to Langtang National Park, were killed when a bus plunged 150 m down a mountainside on the Pasang Lhamu Highway on Friday morning.

The bus was overcrowded with more than 100 passengers, many of them sitting on the roof as the driver negotiated the narrow mountain road damaged by the monsoon rains.

The death toll is expected to rise, as many passengers are still trapped inside the bus. At least 52 of the passengers are injured, seven of them foreigners. Fifty others, most of them travelling on the roof, were thrown off and survived.

Helicopters sent by the Israeli Embassy are at the site to rescue the injured.

This is the fourth serious highway disaster this holiday season. More than 35 people were killed in a bus plunge in Doti, and 12 people were killed separate crashes on the Prithvi Highway and in Makwanpur last week.

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5 Responses to “Rasuwa bus fall”

  1. Sherap on Says:

    This was bound to happen. Between Balaju to piplataar the road is narrow with zero maintenance. Passenger buses and micro buses that runs along this road pay no attention to the dangerous cliff and carry more passengers that they can fit. There are police check posts in Mudku, Kakani, Tadi, Betrawati, Kalikasthan, Dhunche yet they remain silent spectator even when more than 40 people are travelling on the roof of an already overcrowded bus. Once they hit the new Chinese Highway the bus just flies. Travelling on roof must be declared illegal and stopped in these mountain roads.

  2. luba Svrcina on Says:

    Ironically, the ones on the roof survived as they were thrown off clear. When we were on that road to Dhunche a few years ago, in Trisuli Bazaar it was discovered we had no lining on the brakes, they were metal on metal. That was discovered only after a head-on collision when our bus couldn’t stop. We were lucky the collision happened at a very low speed and still high up on the ridge. At least it gave the driver a warning he has no brakes. How we got down to Trisuli Bazaar in one piece was a miracle.
    We were all foreigners travelling on a private bus with our guide, porters and equipment, but private or not, clearly there was no maintenance on the vehicle for some time. The road conditions are one thing, but the bus’ condition is a human responsibility. So is the load they allow to carry.
    In other countries public transportation vehicles go through regular maintenance checks. I guess no such thing in Nepal.

  3. namah on Says:

    western technology + nepali mindset = disaster
    nepali technology (bullock carts) are needed in Nepal. or better donkeys….i am sure Ass has a few comments on that

  4. namah on Says:

    1. Pillon riders without helmets
    2. Three riders on a single motorcycle
    3. Driving on right hand side to save a distant U-turn
    4. Polluting buses
    5. Picking up and dropping off passengers at random

    It’s an endless list of travesties one encounters on Nepali roads. Well we are the third world! There is a term for this: SNAFU or better FUBAR.

  5. Ravi Raj Kaur on Says:

    Yes maintainence of roads even in Kathmandu is missing. If we ever get EBOLA in these overcrowded micros it will be worse than chicken flue or flew as they say. Sadness of a poor country and no focus on the collective. The failure of Maoism is rather the greed of the bahuns and status quo. Nobody knows how to go from here just populism and lord Pashupatinah? Children are pushed into child marriages, foreigners are observed as credit cards. Why would the NRN return to this hostility? I predict multiple nepali restaurants from Minnesota to New York and in Switzerland.
    But the trekking industry is not to blame business as usual.

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