The death toll in Surkhet bus accident of Sunday night has reached 18. Ten of them have been identified, said police on Monday, December 8, 2014.
The dead, who have been identified, include: Lalbire Darji, Durga Bista, Dil Sarki, Lal Darji, Manaraj Bista, Ram Darji, Pankhe Sarki and Pane Sarki of Gotri VDC, Bajura.
Similarly, bus driver Min Bahadur Budha of Chhinchu, Surkhet and conductor Bhabi Khatri have been identified.
The bus plated Na 4 Kha 6857 was heading from Jitegaida of Kalikot to Kailali. The bus plunged 700 metres down to a stream Kali Khola at Pokhari Danda, Surkhet due to overload of passengers.
More than 50 people injured in the accident were rushed to hospitals in Surkhet and some were taken to Nepalgunj.
The bus initially carried 36 passengers when it left Kalikot but it took more passengers on the way and that was the reason for the accident, according to police.