27 killed after bus veers off mountain highway in Nepal


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A bus has veered off a mountain highway and crashed into a river in western Nepal, killing at least 27 people and injuring another 11.

Police official Lal Bahadur Pandey said the accident took place before dawn today near Parkha village, about 250 miles north-west of the capital Kathmandu.

The area is a remote mountainous region where the roads are narrow and have hairpin turns.

The cause of the crash - in which the bus rolled about 1,000ft before it landed in a river - was not immediately known.

Not many vehicles travel along the highways in the area, and Mr Pandey said the accident was not noticed until a passing vehicle spotted it after sunrise.

Rescuers have been sent to the area.