Three people were killed and three others, including Nepal’s former home minister, were missing after a car veered off a busy highway approximately 100 kilometres west of Kathmandu, local police said Monday.
Madhav Prasad Ghimire, who was Nepal’s home minister in 2013, was returning from a pilgrimage in northern Nepal on Sunday, when the car he was in plunged into the Trishuli River, said Chitwan district senior police officer, Deepak Shrestha.
A police search and rescue team on Sunday found the bodies of Ghimire’s 80-year-old mother, a policeman and a male relative, Shrestha said.
The driver of the car survived the crash and was being treated in a local hospital, Shrestha added.
“We are still searching for Ghimire and his two brothers. [An] increase in water levels in the river has hampered our operation,” Shrestha said.
“A Nepal Army team has joined us in the operation. We have also asked locals of the districts that the river passes through to look out for the missing,” he said.
The highway on which the accident occurred belongs to the main road artery which connects Kathmandu with other parts of the nation.
Last month 30 people were killed in Nepal when a passenger bus crashed on a mountain road.
Poorly maintained vehicles coupled with reckless driving and bad roads result in numerous fatal road accidents in Nepal every year.