Eleven killed in Nepal bus accident

September 10, 2009 9:22:10 AM PDT
A bus veered off a highway and plunged into a river in northeast Nepal on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and leaving about 20 missing and feared dead. Premed Kharel, the police chief for the area about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Katmandu, said rescuers pulled 11 bodies from the river, four women and seven men.

The river was swollen by monsoon rainfall, making it difficult for police and soldiers to reach the wreckage and victims inside. At least four people were rescued, chief government administrator Bhanu Bhakta Pokhrel said.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident, Kharel said.

Traffic accidents are common in Nepal, where roads and vehicles are poorly maintained. Roads are also extremely slippery during the monsoon season.

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