Nepal bus accident kills 20 and injures 17

Kathmandu: At least 20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when a bus drove off a highway in Nepal and plunged into a river on Friday, police said.

Family members of passengers of a bus that crashed in a mountain highway, look at a list of survivors airlifted for treatment at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. The overcrowded bus veered off a mountain highway in Nepal on Monday, killing several people in one of the country's deadliest bus crashes in recent years. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Family members of passengers of a bus that crashed in Nepal at a hospital in Kathmandu. AP

Police office said the bus rolled about 100 meters (330 feet) down the slope early on Friday and crashed into the fast-flowing Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.

Police and villagers were helping the injured and pulling the dead from wreckage, which was mostly submerged in the river.

Police are investigating the cause of the pre-dawn accident.

Road accidents in mountainous Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

Earlier this month, an overcrowded bus veered off a mountain trail in eastern Nepal, killing at least 33 people and injuring 28 others.

Updated Date: Aug 26, 2016 10:15 AM