At least nine persons were killed and six others severely injured on Sunday when a jeep they were travelling in veered off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Nepal’s western Arghakhanchi district.
The vehicle, enroute to Bandhikot area from Sandhikharka, met with the accident this afternoon. The jeep skidded off the road fell some 700 feet into a gorge, according to the police.
Officials launched a rescue operation which was hampered by steep terrain and thick forests, they said.
Six critically injured persons were admitted to a nearby hospital in Sandhikharka. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
This was the third major accident in the past 11 days. Twenty-seven people were killed in a bus accident at Birtadeurali village in Kavre district on August 15, while 22 killed when a Kathmandu-bound passenger bus plunged into the Trishuli river on August 26.
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