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At least Twenty-three people lost their lives while fourteen got injured when bus carrying school students and their teachers were returning from a trip plunged into a gorge in Nepal, police said.

The students were aged mostly between 16 and 20. Two teachers and the driver also died in the accident early evening on Friday (December 21) in a remote area.

The vehicle was carrying 37 people, out of which 22 killed at the scene and another in a nearby hospital, while fourteen people are being treated for injuries.

“Our preliminary investigation shows the cause of the incident was speed,” police officer Bel Bahadur Pandey told AFP.

The students and teachers were from the Krishna Sen Ichchhuk Polytechnic in Ghorahi, Dang district, the Kathmandu Post reported. They had been returning from a visit to a farm when the bus veered off the road near Ramri village.

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

The latest comes a week after a truck accident in central Nepal killed 20 mourners returning from a funeral ritual.

(With agency inputs)

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