News ID: 153718
Published: 0733 GMT June 22, 2016

Bus plunges into ravine, killing 19 people

Bus plunges into ravine, killing 19 people

A road accident in southern Iran has killed 19 people when a bus plunged into a ravine.

At least 30 other passengers were injured in the accident early Wednesday, which took place on a major road linking the southern cities of Shiraz and Kerman. It happened around 1:30 a.m., IRNA reported.

At least 14 of those killed were conscripts of the Army's Ground Force.

Police said fatigue or sleeplessness of the driver caused the mishap.  

The injured were taken to local hospitals. An hour later, a bus flipped over on a road, also near Shiraz, injuring 47 people.

Iran has one of the world's worst traffic safety records, with more than 400,000 accidents and nearly 18,000 deaths on its roads every year.

The high death toll is blamed on unsafe vehicles and widespread disregard of traffic laws.

 

 

   
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