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Two Decatur Men Dead in Monroe County Tire Blowout Crash


Posted on Mar 24, 2011

Two are dead after a fifteen passenger van crashed in Monroe County.  The Georgia traffic accident was caused by a blown tire.
 
The Monroe County van accident happened at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 near mile marker 197 on 1-75 South.  There were fifteen people in the Chevy 3500 van when it suddenly veered off the road, hit a guard rail and overturned.
 
Two Decatur residents, Tula R. Chamlagai, 44, and Kharka B. Chhetri, 49, were killed in the crash. At least one of the deceased passengers was ejected from the van.  It is not known if anyone was wearing a seat belt. Police say bodies were everywhere at the accident scene.
 
Thirteen others were injured; two were in critical condition and were airlifted to the hospital.  The rest were taken by ambulance. 
 
The passengers were traveling from the Atlanta area to Perry, Georgia in order to work at the Perdue chicken processing plant.
 
The accident was caused by a bad tire. The driver and owner of the van, 29-year-old Bhim B. Bista of Atlanta, is not expected to face charges. 

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Shane Smith
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