KATHMANDU, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) — Twenty people were killed and 17 others injured in a bus accident in central Nepal, police said on Friday.

The accident happened in Narayangarh-Mugling road stretch in Chitwan District, some 100 km west of the capital Kathmandu.

The bus, en route to Pokhara of western Nepal, veered off the road at Chandibhanjyang of Chitwan District and plunged some 200 meters down the local Trishuli River at 3:00 a.m. local time, senior police official Bashanta Raj Kunwar said.

The accident was the second deadly one in the Himalayan nation in 15 days. Last week 26 people were killed in another car crash in Sindhupalchowk, some 100 km away from the capital.