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30 Dead After Overcrowded Bus Plunges Down Hill in Nepal

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A bus packed with passengers crashed Tuesday in Nepal, leaving at least 30 dead and 35 more injured.

Officials said that an excess number of passengers riding on the roof of the bus caused it to tip over on a gravel road, ultimately sliding about 650 feet down a hill, CNN reports.

The crash happened in Ramche, a village in Rasuwa about 20 miles north of Kathmandu. Many of the injured were taken to a hospital in Rasuwa after being rescued police, locals and troops from the Nepalese military.

A fuel shortage in Nepal could be to blame, according to officials, as fewer busses are running and those in service are carrying more passengers. Nepal is home to plenty of narrow, winding roads and deadly bus crashes are not uncommon.


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