Nine killed in Nepal jeep accident

February 15th, 2008 - 3:19 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Feb 15 (DPA) At least nine people were killed and dozens injured Friday when an overcrowded jeep plunged off a mountain highway in western Nepal. The jeep plummeted off the narrow mountain road in Gulmi district, about 300 km west of Kathmandu, the police said.

At least 30 people were injured and many were in serious condition.

Most of the passengers were believed to be Maoist activists on their way to district headquarters of Tamghas from a remote village of Kharjyang.

The police said they suspected overcrowding could have led to the driver losing control of the vehicle.

Reports said the jeep was carrying four times its limit of 12 passengers.

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