Dozens killed in Nepal bus crash after vehicle skidded off mountain road, plunged into gorge

At least 28 people were killed on Tuesday in western Nepal when the bus they were traveling in skidded off a mountain road and plunged hundreds of meters into a strait, Nepali authorities said.

Local official Rom Bahadur Mahat said the accident, which took place in the remote and rugged Moju district, also injured at least 15 people.

“We are still busy looking for bodies around the area where the bus fell,” he said. The wounded were taken to the hospital.

The bus, which set off from the town of Nepalgunj, was only a few kilometers from its destination, Jamgadi town in Mojo district, when it veered off the road.

It was not clear what caused the accident or how many passengers were on board. Officials fear the death toll will rise as rescue operations continue.

Road accidents are common in the mountains of Nepal, often blamed on vehicles, poorly maintained highways, and narrow roads with sharp bends.

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