An overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, police have said.

Police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi on Monday said the bus veered off the road near Pokharakada village on Sunday night and rolled 600 meters down a slope.

Rescuers pulled out 14 bodies while three more died at a hospital, AP news agency reported.

There were 67 people on the bus, which had 38 seats.

The bus was driving on a narrow mountain road during the night when the accident happened about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.

The injured are recovering in hospitals in nearby towns and a dozen of them are in critical condition, police said.

Source: AP