Gitadevi Khatri undergoing treatment at a Nepalgunj hospital on Thursday. Six people were killed when a Mahindra Scorpio jeep carrying a wedding party collided with a passenger bus at Rihar in Lamahi of Dang district on Wednesday midnight. Photo: Republica
DANG, Dec 14: A joyful wedding suddenly turned tragic Wednesday midnight following a road accident in Dang district which claimed six lives including the bridegroom’s parents.
The jeep (Ba 12 Cha 3122) bringing members of the wedding party from Chitwan to Shumshergunj, Banke and a bus (Ba 5 Kha 4090) coming from the opposite direction collided in Lamahi Municipality-9, Dang.
The groom’s father Man Bahadur KC, 53, and mother Bimala Devi Khatri, 45, were among the dead.
Confirming the accident, Lamahi Ward Police Office identified the other deceased as the groom’s five-year-old nephew Prabin KC and other relatives Bishwanath Adhikari, 45; Deep Kumar Khadka, 31; and Datta Bahadur Khatri, 59.
Two of the jeep passengers survived, including driver Yam Bahadur Budhamagar and the groom’s aunt, Geetadevi Khatri.
The survivors sustained serious injuries and are currently undergoing treatment at Kohalpur Medical College, Banke. None of the bus passengers was hurt, police informed.
The groom’s family had reached Chitwan on Tuesday evening to fetch the bride. They spent the whole of Wednesday conducting the marriage ceremony and left Chitwan in the evening with the bride in a wedding procession.
After the five-vehicle procession reached Sisahaniya, the wedding party had lunch and the groom’s parents and some others left in the ill-fated jeep as an advance party in the ill-fated jeep.
“The groom’s parents wished to reach home early to make necessary preparations for welcoming the bride and the marriage procession,” informed Sub-inspector Puran Malla of Lamahi Ward Police Office.
The accident took place an hour after the jeep left Sisahaniya. The rest of the marriage party was still resting at Sisahaniya after lunch when the police informed them about the tragic accident.
Police have not yet determined the cause of the accident. However, as the jeep driver had complained of lack of sleep the night before, police suspect that he may have felt sleepy at the wheel.