Rescue workers and bystanders gather around the wreckage of a bus following an accident in Sindhupalchowk, some 80 kilometres north-east of the capital Kathmandu, on December 15, 2019. (Photo: PRALHAD GHIMIRE/AFP via Getty Images)

A passenger bus carrying Hindu pilgrims veered off a road and fell some 100 metres along the Araniko Highway in Nepal’s Sindhupalchok on Sunday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 18 others.

The bus was heading towards Bhaktapur from a Hindu temple in Kalinchok in Dolakha district when it skidded off the highway and rolled down a slope from Chha Kilo area, police said.

Three children and 11 adults were killed in the accident, the Kathmandu Post quoted police as saying.

“Of them, 12 people died on the spot,” police said.

The injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals, Police Inspector Nawaraj Neupane said, adding that six of them are in critical condition.

The bus was ferrying pilgrims back from Kalinchowk Temple to Bhaktapur.

The police are yet to ascertain the identity of the victims, the report said.

Meanwhile, a search is underway for the driver of the bus who is on the run following the accident.

The police suspect overspeeding and rash driving on the under-construction road section as the reasons behind the accident.

The police with the help of locals carried out the rescue operation soon after the incident.

This was the second major road accident in the district within a month.

In November, 17 people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into the Sunkoshi river in Nepal.

(PTI)