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14 killed in jeep accident in Nepal

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KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- A passenger jeep veered off a mountainous road into a river in western Nepal Tuesday, killing 14 people, police said.

    The overloaded vehicle was negotiating a bend of a highway in Badigad village of Baglung district when it left the road and plunged 300 meters into the Badigad River below.

    "The jeep seems to have been speeding when the accident happened. That section of the highway is in excellent condition and the bend from where the jeep fell is not sharp," Dep. Supt. Jhabindra Prasad Bhattarai of the local police told Kyodo News by phone.

    The vehicle's driver is among the dead, while one passenger remains missing and is believed to have been washed away by the river.

    Three seriously injured passengers have been airlifted to the capital Kathmandu for treatment.

    Baglung is located 180 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu.

    The vehicle was traveling from neighboring Gulmi district to Devisthan village in Baglung district.

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