At least nine people were killed in a road accident in Haripur-8 of Sunsari district on Wednesday night.
The accident occurred when a jeep (Ba 8 Cha 4980), returning to Siraha from Ilam, collided head-on with a truck (Na 2 Kha 8837) coming from the opposite direction in Bhantabari section of the East-West highway of Sunsari district at around 9 pm yesterday.
The deceased have been identified as Birendra Saha, Sanjeev Saha, Gyan Kumar Saha, Rajendra Saha, Santosh Nayak, Mukesh Gupta. They all hail from Siraha district. The identification of three other passengers of the jeep has not been established, police said.
Altogether nine people were travelling in the jeep at the time of the accident, District Police Office, Sunsari said.
Irate locals have blocked the east-west highways after the tragic accident and police is currently involved in negotiations to lift the blockade to ensure smooth vehicular movement in the highway.
The cause behind the accident is not known, but initial police investigation has shown that the driver of the jeep had been drinking as the group in the jeep had been in Ilam for picnic.
One Gyan Kumar Mahato of Siraha district, who was seriously injured in the incident, has been receiving intensive treatment at BP Koirala Hospital in Dharan.
The driver of the truck is on the run after the incident and police said they are looking for him.
The bodies of the deceased individuals have been sent to the hospital for postmortem, said District Police Office, Sunsari.
It must be noted that at least seventeen persons were killed and three dozens injured in two separate road accidents in Salyan and Tanahun districts on Wednesday morning and Tuesday night.
Eleven persons were killed and thirty-two others hurt when a passenger bus met with an accident in Salyan district on Wednesday morning.
Similarly, at least 6 Indian tourists and 5 others injured died when a jeep met with an accident in Bandipur of Tanahun district late Tuesday night.
In another report, a bus carrying 50 college students to a picnic spot in Gaighat has met with an accident at Ratmate in Udayapur at around 11 Wednesday morning, leaving five seriously injured. Nepalnews.com