Van accident leaves two dead, 13 injured in GA


A 15-seater van carrying 13 Bhutanese and two African nationals bound to Perry from Atlanta  in Georgia 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, 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.

Kamal Dahal from Georgia informed BNS over telephone that all of the passengers in the Van, who sustained injuries, are undergoing medical treatment at the Macon City Hospital.

According to DJ Khaling, Kharka Chhetri (49) and Tula Ram Chamlagai (44), both residents of Valley Brook Apartments in Decatur Georgia were “medically” pronounced dead. One of the dead bodies was being sent to a funeral home in Decatur while the other is not yet released.

Khaling also siad that the situation of two among five others admitted in ICU (Intensive Care Unit)  has been critical. The victims have been reportedly suffering head injuries and limb fractures.

Excluding two, all other 13 passengers—11 injured and two deceased, are Bhutanese resettled in Atlanta, Georgia over last three years through the International Organization for Migration.

With input from Yam Kharel from Tennessee.


  1. Very sorry to hear this loss and I send my prayers and condolences. I hope the vehicle has insurance and the individuals have work cover insurance or the company would have insurance in such cases.
    may the departed soul rest in peace.

  2. We must ask for an investigation as to how and why this van met with an accident? What actually happened? I am really really sorry for the loss of life. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and thier family members. I am really sad at the untimely demise of our brothers.

  3. Its really very sad and shocking news. Its bad time for our fellow Bhutanese brothers and sisters, whether in Bhutan, refugee camps or settled in abroad. Devastating fire incident in the camps in Nepal and the van accident in Georgia occurring almost simultaneously is certainly a not good omen. I pray to god to help overcome from such difficulties once and for ever.

  4. May the departed souls of Chamlagai and Chhetri rest in peace and may the Almighty give enough strength and courage to the bereaved family to withstand this irrepairable loss. Also,I wish those lying in the sick beds a speedy recovery.

  5. A terrible and senseless tragedy. My condolences to all the families. Perhaps a account should be set up for the deceaseds families. I hope BCG and BAG and other groups can work to help those impacted.

  6. Very hard to tolerate. March is coming for bad to innocent people. My prayer for departed soul and those who are under way in treatment.God ..please help this moment and senario if you are for living beings.

  7. It is a very sad news that had ever happened to Bhutanese in USA.I personally and my whole family express deeep sorrow and heartfelt condolance.May the Almighty give the strong courage to the bereaved family to bear this sorrowfull incident.We also pray to God to give streangth for the earliest recovery of those who are in ICU.

  8. kishor dhaurali saya,,we all houston bhutanese family feel swrroful to hear the news,that ven accident.we prey to god bless those family n take souls to peace in heaven.I PRAY GOD GET WELL SOON THOSE ARE INJURED.GOD BLESS ALL FAMILY THOSE ARE FALL IN SARROWFUL ACCIDENT.

  9. My most heartfelt condolensces to the families of Chamlagai and Chhetri- may their souls rest in peace and may joyful memories of them provide some comfort. I wish speedy recoveries to those injured. I am also saddened by the news of the fires in the refugee camps. I trust that all communities will help each other to get through these challenging times. Hug your loved ones everyday. Sara

  10. I am sad and shocked to hear this. Hope the van was insured and the individuals have work cover insurance. I wish and pray,Individuals in the bed for speed recovery. Both fire in the camp and van accident in G A are sorrowful and huge loss to Bhutanese. Keep patience in this hour of grief.

  11. I am sad and shocked to hear this news.Hope the van was insured and the individuals have the work cover insurance.I wish and pray. the individuals in the bed have speed recovery. Both fire in the camp and van accident in G.A are sorrowful and huge loss to the Bhutanese. keep patience in this hours of grief.

  12. Really really sad to hear that, and m so sorry for them.

    “I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”


  13. Good Bye, Good Bye
    Good Bye, Good Bye as this only word we said
    Natural Life couldn’t said,when is your time for
    Human don’t know anything, But God Knew everything
    Life is enternal Weapon, and love is immortal and effection
    and death is only a vertical
    and a vertical is nothing save the limit of our sight.

    “A human life is a story told by God, No one knows who Live how much old?”
    Mother said

    We always wisdom your faith,Nevertheless rememberance you soul. May God Blessed you…
    Sympathy By Rabin Acharya


  14. Iam very sorry to hear about the sad news ever happen with Bhutanese who are in diaspora. Sorry we cant be with you today.Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences in these moments of sadness.