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Deaths reported when overcrowded bus plunges down 650-foot hill in Nepal

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(CNN) — An overcrowded bus skidded off a road Tuesday in Nepal and plunged down a hill, killing at least 30 people and injuring 35 more, a police officer said.

People were riding on the roof of the packed bus when it tilted over — apparently due to the excess number of passengers — said Shiva Ram Gelal, chief district officer in Nepal’s Rasuwa District. The vehicle then slid about 200 meters (650 feet) down a hill.

Nepalese military troops, police officers and locals carried out a rescue operation after the crash, according to Gelal.

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