At least 16 people were killed and five sustained injuries in a road accident in Nuwakot district of central Nepal on Friday evening, local police authorities confirmed, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
The incident occurred when a mini truck skidded off the mountain highway and fell 100 meters down into the gorge at Ghyangdanda area in Dupecheswor Rural Municipality of the district, according to sub inspector of police Gyanlal Yadav.
"We have recovered the 16 bodies from the crash site. The death toll is expected to go up since the rescue operation is underway," Yadav told Xinhua by phone.
The local police authorities have been carrying out rescue operation in coordination with local residents, Yadav said.
Local media reports said that the ill-fated mini truck was carrying over two dozen people when the accident occurred. The police have yet to ascertain the cause behind the accident.