|Rescue workers and locals work at the site of the passenger bus crash in Mugu district, Nepal. (Photo by=EPA)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Local media reports say that at least 28 people have been killed and many others injured in a bus crash in northwest Nepal, police say. The vehicle was traveling through Mugu district when it left the road and plunged down a hillside shortly after midday on Tuesday.
The cause of the crash is unclear, but some reports suggest the bus may have had an issue with its brakes failing. Road accidents are not uncommon in Nepal and are usually caused by bad roads or poorly maintained vehicles. Images published by local media showed rescue workers carrying people and what appeared to be personal belongings such as travel bags. The police said an investigation was underway. They added that many of those on the bus may have been traveling home after celebrating Dashain, a major religious festival in Nepal and India.
More than a dozen people were being treated for injuries, with some airlifted to a nearby hospital. It’s not clear how many people were traveling on the bus when it veered off the road, but police said the death toll could rise further.