Kathmandu: At least seven people were killed and 16 other injured, when a 4x4 they were travelling in plunged into a 300-metre gorge in Nepal’s Nawalparasi district.
The accident took place on Saturday when the vehicle was heading towards Charchare of Dandajheri from Balungtar in the district, slipped off a mountain highway, about 170km from the capital city of Kathmandu, police said.
“The condition of three injured, including the driver, was critical,” District Police officer was quoted as saying by the Himalayn Times.
Police suspects that the casualties occurred when the 4x4 hit a crowd of people. The jeep fell some 300 metres from the road, that killed seven and injured 16, after hitting the people.
Rescue has been difficult due to the difficult terrain.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident 15 people were injured in a 4x4 accident on Saturday. The vehicle, carrying 16 passengers, went out of control and turned turtle while making a steep turn at Ujeli, Latamandau village in the district, police said.
Road accidents are very common in Nepal and occur mainly due to poorly maintained roads and vehicles.