2 road accidents in Nepal leave at least 29 dead and 22 injured

A bus returning from a party crashed near the Nepalese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 22 others, police said.

Police officer Chakra Raj Joshi said they were not sure why the bus hit the side wall of the hilly road but were investigating the cause.

The injured were rescued by villagers with the help of police officers and soldiers who arrived at the accident site near the village of Bethanchowk, located about 30 kilometers east of the capital, Kathmandu.

Earlier Monday, a vehicle carrying passengers from a wedding veered off a mountain road in Nepal, killing 12. There were no survivors.

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The small passenger truck was overpowered when it veered off the mountain road near the village of Chedagad, about 250 kilometers northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.

Two road accidents in Nepal have killed at least 17 people and injured 22 more this week.  Pictured are tourist buses leaving for Pokhara from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Two road accidents in Nepal have killed at least 17 people and injured 22 more this week. Pictured are tourist buses leaving for Pokhara from Kathmandu, Nepal.
(Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Police said the accident happened on Monday evening and by the time rescuers arrived at the scene, eight had already died. Three others died on the way to hospital and one died later in hospital.

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After leaving the road, the vehicle rolled about 200 meters down the mountainside.

Road accidents in the mountains of Nepal are often due to poorly maintained roads and vehicles.

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