20 Killed In Nepal As Truck Plunges Onto River Bank

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20 Killed In Nepal As Truck Plunges Onto River Bank

Deadly crashes are relatively common in the Himalayan nation Nepal because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

14 others were injured as the truck veered off an unpaved narrow road in a hilly area of Nepal. (FILE)
14 others were injured as the truck veered off an unpaved narrow road in a hilly area of Nepal. (FILE)

 

KATHMANDU: 

At least Twenty people died when a truck carrying mourners returning from a funeral ritual plunged around 400 metres (1,300 feet) onto a river bank in central Nepal, police said Saturday.

Fourteen others were injured as vehicle veered off an unpaved narrow road in a hilly area around 70 kilometres 45 miles north of the capital Kathmandu on Friday.

Police retrieved 18 bodies at the site. One person died while being taken to hospital and another during treatment, police official Bhimlal Bhattarai said.

“Bodies were found scattered on the river bank and slope and we are still searching incident site because the total number of people on board is still not known,” said Bhattarai.

Authorities were yet to confirm the cause of crash, but the police said excessive speed on narrow road could be one of the reasons.

Deadly crashes are relatively common in impoverished Himalayan nation because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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