Police in Nepal said seven people died after a bus veered off a mountain highway near Laghuwa village, about 190 miles west of the capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday morning.
“The road section was steep, and it was wet and slippery due to the dew.. the bus was also overspeeding when the accident occurred,” said Krishna Bahadur Nepali, one of the injured passengers of the bus.
Police said the bus was carrying at least 30 people bound for Kaligandaki village for a funeral.
According to Deputy Superintendent Santosh Kumar Bhattarai, the bus fell some 60 meters down the ravine from a steep hillside along the Tansen-Ridi road.
“(The) three of the deceased were thrown out of the bus during the accident while four other bodies were trapped inside the vehicles. We had to use an excavator to retrieve the bodies,” Bhattarai said.
Police and villagers rushed to the scene to pull out survivors and recover the bodies soon after the accident.
At least 16 were reported injured, nine were being treated at Lumbini Medical College in Prabhas, and seven were at Palpa Mission Hospital.
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