Two Indians among 14 killed in Nepal bus accident

September 19th, 2008 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Sep 19 (DPA) At least 14 people, among them two Indians, have been killed and dozens injured when a passenger bus fell into a swollen river after veering off a mountain highway, police said.The bus plunged about 150 metres off the road at Mahadevbesi of Dhading district, about 70 km west of the Nepali capital, into the fast-flowing Trishuli River Friday .

Most of the victims died before rescuers could reach the area.

Police said 38 people were injured and rushed to hospital. Many are in serious condition.

Police said many of the victims died when they were trapped inside the wreckage of the bus.

The bus was on its way to Kathmandu from the southern city of Birgunj when the accident occurred.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

However, police suspect the driver might have lost control of the speeding vehicle on the narrow winding mountain highway.

Police said the bus was carrying 52 people and was not overcrowded.

Hundreds of people are killed each year in road accidents in Nepal, blamed mostly on careless driving.

Driving in Nepal is especially dangerous during monsoon season lasting from June to the end of September when heavy rains cause frequent landslides that damage or wash away portions of roads in the mountains.

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