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12 killed, 29 injured as bus falls into gorge in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nov 29 (PTI) At least 12 people were killed and 29 injured after a bus veered off a mountain road and plunged into a gorge in western Nepal today.

In the accident occurred at Damai Danda area of Kailali district in the wee hours, eight passengers died on the spot while four others succumbed while undergoing treatment in a local hospital, police said.

The bus was en route to Mahendra nagar from Dipayal when it fell some 300 meters down the road. According to a passenger, the accident occurred when the driver got off the bus to replace a deflated tyre in a downhill road without applying proper brakes.

“Preliminary investigation showed that the bus fell from the hilly road due to the driver’s negligence,” police said. The bus driver and his helper have been arrested. Of the 29 passengers injured in the accident, five are in critical condition and have been taken to India for treatment, police said.

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