About 85 passengers were riding inside the bus and on its roof. It was also packed with bags and other supplies being taken to villages. “The bus stalled while climbing the hill and the driver tried to restart it, but the vehicle rolled backward and then slipped off the road,” said one of the rescued passengers. At least 33 people were killed and 28 others were injured. The accident occurred near Khare Khola, about 80 km (50 miles) east of the capital. Army and police personnel were searching the area for bodies. “We are looking into the possibility of overcrowding of the bus being the cause of accident. We can come to a final conclusion only after the investigation is over,” Chief District Officer Bal Krishna Panthi said.