May 9, 2006

At least 12 children killed in Nepal road crash

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 12 children were killed in
Nepal on Tuesday when a bus carrying 23 students to school
plunged into an irrigation canal, police said.

The accident took place in Sunsari, about 300 miles east of
the capital, Kathmandu.

"Twelve bodies have been recovered from the canal," a
police officer told Reuters. He said nine children had been
taken to nearby hospitals, while rescuers were looking for the
other two.

The cause of the accident was not known.