Iran schoolgirls killed in bus crash

At least 24 students and two other people die after driver crashes into valley in southwestern province.

    Iran schoolgirls killed in bus crash

    At least 24 schoolgirls and two other people have been killed after a passenger bus overturned in southwestern Iran, officials said.

    Mohammad Reza Mehmandar, a senior police official, said that the bus crashed into a valley in Khuzestan province on Friday after the driver lost control of the vehicle while travelling at high speed in rainy weather. 

    Mehmandar also said that 19 others were injured in the accident. They were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

    The accident took place on the Izeh-Lordegan road, about 500km southwest of the capital Tehran.

    Iran has one of the world's worst traffic safety records, with more than 400,000 accidents and about 20,000 deaths on its roads every year.

    The high death tolls are blamed on high speed, unsafe vehicles, widespread disregard of traffic laws, and inadequate emergency services.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.