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26 killed, 36 injured in bus accident in Nepal

world Updated: Mar 10, 2017 09:12 IST

Accidents involving buses are common in Nepal, with a majority of the incidents blamed on difficult terrain, untrained drivers and old vehicles(Reuters/ Representative image)

At least 26 people died and 36 more were injured when an overcrowded bus veered off a mountain road in Nepal, officials said Friday.

Government administrator Krishna Chandra Poudel said the bus plunged off the road Thursday near a village about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The bus rolled about 200 meters (650 feet) down a slope before crashing into the Pasagad river.

Local villagers helped police and soldiers pull the bodies and the injured from the wreckage.

Poudel said rescue helicopters reached the accident area late Thursday and were able to fly 18 of the injured to a hospital in Nepalgunj city.

Another eight injured people were being flown out on Friday but had to wait for the weather to clear up.

The bus was carrying more than 60 passengers while traversing what is considered one of the most dangerous mountainous highways in Nepal.

Accidents in Nepal are mostly blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicle conditions. The country is covered by mountains and the roads are also usually narrow.