Overcrowded bus tilts, plunges down a hill in Nepal; at least 30 killed – CNN

The mountainous Asian nation — a place with plenty of narrow, windy roads that give way to cliffs — has seen many deadly bus crashes like this one, some of them involving vehicles teeming with people.

In January 2013, at least 30 people died after a bus hit a pole on the side of a road in Doti district and plummeted nearly 700 feet, police spokesman Ramesh Bahadur Dhanuk said then. A month earlier, 15 died in another crash in Nepal’s Surkhet district.

A driver apparently lost control around a “hairpin bend” in western Nepal’s remote mountains in September 2012, sending his bus off a cliff and killing at least 29 people, according to police inspector Barun Bahadur Singh.

And in October 2011, at least 40 people died when a bus plunged into an eastern Nepalese river, Kathmandu-based police spokesman Binod Singh said. Overcrowding may have caused that accident, the spokesman added.

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