8 killed, dozens injured in bus accident in Nepal

October 13, 2006 06:47

An overcrowded bus rolled off a mountain highway west of Nepal's capital and into a river on Friday, killing at least eight passengers and injuring 50 others, police said. The bus was heading toward Katmandu at dawn when the driver apparently lost control and drove off the highway, police official D.V. Karki said. It rolled about 40 meters down a gradual slope before plunging into the Trishuli river near Mahadevbesi village, about 50 kilometers west of Katmandu, he said. Police and local villagers managed to pull the injured people out of the wreckage and take them to a hospital, while the bodies were still being identified, Karki said by telephone.

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