The funeral rites of late Kharka Chhetri Bhandari (49) and Tula Ram Chamlagai (44), who died in a van crash in Georgia yesterday, is scheduled for tomorrow.
According to Kamal Dahal, who has been reporting about the incident to BNS from Georgia, the funeral processing will be organized in accordance with the Hindu culture and tradition.
BM Khaling, quoting some employee friends of those who met accident, identified the names of those injured in the accident, which include Ugen Mongar (formerly from Beldangi-II extension), Bhim Bista (driver of the van, formerly from Sanischare camp), Gagan Kammar Chhetri (formerly from Beldangi-II camp), Nar B. Magar (formerly from Sanischare camp) and Amber Ghaley (formerly from Beldangi-II camp). Buddha Maya Monger, Birkha Monger, Devi Niroula, Lok B. Monger, Balaram Khatiwada, Khadga Khatiwada, whose former address either in Bhutan or Nepal unconfirmed yet, are among others injured.
The two African nationals, who sustained injuries in the accident, are identified as Rebicca and Carlos, whose condition is not yet known.
Khaling further informed BNS that among the injured, Nar Bahadur Monger and Gagan Kammar are undergoing treatment in critical condition while Bhim Bista has been discharged after primary treatment.
A 15-seater van carrying 13 Bhutanese and two African nationals bound to Perry from Atlanta in Georgia had crashed last night at around 9:00 p.m. leaving two dead and all passengers injured. The passengers were traveling from the Atlanta area to work at the Perdue chicken processing plant in Perry.
“A tire blew out,” reported one online portal www.macon.com, quoting Allison Selman-Willis, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, as the cause of the incident. According to Sheriff’s office, the Chevy 3500 15-passenger van traveled off the road near mile marker 197 in the southbound lanes and overturned.
Late Bhandari, a permanent resident of Samchi district in Bhutan, is survived by his wife and two sons while late Chamlagai, a permanent resident of Tshirang district, is survived by his mother, wife and two children. Both of them were refugees from Beldangi-II camp resettled in Atlanta, GA.
With inputs from Kamal Dahal from Georgia.