At least 14 people died after a bus carrying pilgrims veered off a highway and rolled down a steep slope in central Nepal Sunday, officials said, the latest deadly traffic accident in the Himalayan nation.
Three children and 11 adults were killed in the accident, the Kathmandu Post reported, quoting police.
At least 19 people have been injured in the accident after the bus they were traveling in skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge along the Dolakha Khadichaur-Jiri road section. "The injured have already been sent to the hospitals", spokesman at district police office Sindhupalchowk, Ganesh Khanal, said. "The driver flew from the scene after the accident, while the assistant is seriously injured". Most of the deceased died on the spot and two succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at Scheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa and Dhulikhel Hospital in Dhulikhel.
Maharjan said police were investigating the cause of the crash but the roads were slippery because of winter rain.
Police with the help of locals carried out the rescue operation soon after the incident.
In November, 17 people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into the Sunkoshi river in Nepal.