Snow mountain stampedues are becoming increasingly common in Nepal, with one man recently making a name for himself after he was hit by a snow tram in the Himalayan nation.
On Monday, Suryakant Singh, 40, was on a routine hike along a snowy mountain road in Niyamgiri district of the Himalayas when a white-coloured tram was travelling in the opposite direction.
“When I turned around, I saw that there were at least eight people on the tram,” he told AFP news agency, adding that it took him three or four minutes to realise that the vehicle was heading for him.
Mr Singh, who had just finished his trek when the tram went off the road, said he was immediately hit in the face by snow.
“I was like ‘what the heck is going on’,” he told the AFP news service.
“The tram was heading towards a nearby area where the snow mountain has been and the driver was turning around to see what was happening.”
But when he turned around he saw me and I realised I was in the snow.
He didn’t stop the tram and just drove straight on.
“Mr Singh was treated in hospital for injuries to his face, legs and chest.
His friend, Thulani Devi, said she saw the tram in front of the home she was staying in, and that when the driver saw that the snow was not moving, he tried to speed up.”
Then, the tram hit me,” she told AFP.”
My husband is a mechanic and I was doing work in the morning when the incident happened.
I was screaming and crying, thinking I had hit someone.
“The accident is the second one this year for Mr Singh.
In February, he was riding a snowmobile in the same area and his left foot was crushed in a tram, the Nepal Times newspaper reported.
Mr Ramakrishnan, a senior snowmobiler, told the newspaper that he was the only one injured in the accident.”
We are working on finding out who was the driver of the tram, but it was clear that he had been driving with the tram on,” he said.”
After the incident, there was a lot of confusion because people thought the tram had hit us.