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Bus crash in Nepal kills 14


A bus veered off a mountain highway in Nepal and plunged into a river, killing 14 people and injuring seven others.

Government administrator Shiva Raj Joshi says the bus skidded off the Sidhartha highway before dawn Thursday and rolled 300 meters before it plunged into the Bhalukhola river in Palpa district.

Twelve people were killed at the crash site and two more died in the hospital.

The crash occurred near Chidipani, a village 320 kilometers northwest of the capital, Katmandu.

The highway is narrow and with hairpin bends, Raj said, adding that the visibility was poor.

Road accidents are relatively common in Nepal due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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