Nepal bus crash kills 11, injures over a hundred

Nepal bus crash kills 11, injures over a hundred

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A general view shows the urban area of the Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on August 23, 2019. (Photo: AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)  

KATHMANDU: An overloaded bus plunged down a hill in central Nepal, killing at least 11 and injuring 108 people, an official said on Saturday (Oct 12).

The packed bus was ferrying passengers - who had been celebrating the Hindu festival of Dashain - from Sindhupalchowk to neighbouring Kathmandu.

But the crowded vehicle slipped and fell more than 50m at a bend.

"Six people were killed instantly and five more passed away on the way to hospital or while being treated," district official Goma Devi Chemjong told AFP.

Chemjong said 108 people were injured but only 39 were kept for treatment.

"We are investigating what caused the accident," she said.

Accidents are common on Nepal's poorly maintained highways, with the number increasing during the festival season when the roads are far busier and public transport overcrowded.

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