BAITADI, Nov 13: At least nine people died and 34 people were injured when a passenger bus met with an accident at Khodpe of Patan Municipality-8 in Baitadi district along the Dashrath Chand Highway around 10:30 PM on Thursday.
The bus (Na 5 Kha 5141) was en route to Mahendranagar from Ganna of Darchula district. It skidded 600 meters off the road, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Narayan Prasad Adhikari.
Of the dead, seven are males and two are females. Eight dead bodies were recovered from the site, according to the police.
DSP Adhikari said that seven passengers with serious injuries were referred to Dhangadi for further treatment, and 27 others are undergoing treatment at Dadheldhura District Hospital. The bus owner, Birendra Karki, was driving the bus. He, too, has been injured.
The police and local people were involved in the rescue operation on Thursday night.
The police said that they are investigating the accident.