Fourteen Indians, including eight women were killed and over 25 injured when a bus carrying 45 pilgrims fell into a gorge near Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.
Of the 14 passengers, 12 died on the spot while two others succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital, Kathmandu police said.
The death toll could rise as some passengers might be stuck under the bus, PTI reported.
The injured have been rushed to a Kathmandu hospital, where the condition of six of the injured is said to be critical. The security personnel with the help of locals are trying to rescue other passengers.
"The incident happened at 7:20 am (7:05 IST) between Nagdhunga and Naubise, barely five kilometers from the Kathmandu city limits," the chief development officer of Dhading district Basudev Ghimire said.
All the passengers were from Gujarat and were on their way back to India after visiting the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.
The driver reportedly lost control while driving along the Tribhuvan highway and the bus tumbled 300 meters down the highway before coming to a halt.
"The bus bearing number GJ-14-X-990 had two tiers and was carrying 45 passengers. Twenty-five of the injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Kathmandu. Some passengers may still be missing," Hindustan Times quoted a duty officer at the Nepal police control room as saying.