Iran train crash: At least 10 dead and dozens feared after passenger train derails – World News

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A train derailed, killing at least 10 passengers
A train derailed, killing at least 10 passengers

A train has derailed in Iran, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring dozens of people.

Emergency services are at the scene near Tabas in eastern Iran and fear the death toll could rise.

Three helicopters and 10 ambulances are taking people to hospital after five train cars derailed leaving 50 injured and 10 dead and 16 in critical condition.

Mehdi Valipour, head of the rescue operation, said: “Today at 5.30 am, the Tabas-Yazd passenger train was traveling on its route when it derailed at Mazino station.”

That The chief of the Red Crescent Rescue Organization continued: “To support the rescue effort, an agreement has been reached to bring three helicopters from Birjand, Mashhad and Yazd to the scene.”

He added that 430 passengers and crew were on the train while the worst impact of the crash was three overturned train cars.

Mojtaba Khaledi, the country’s spokesman for emergencies, told Iran’s ISNA news agency: “Three emergency helicopters and ten ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

“Relief work in the area is still ongoing and unfortunately 10 people have been killed according to reports received so far.”

Iran has a poor track record when it comes to train safety. Reuters reports that in 2016, 44 people were killed and 103 injured when a passenger train collided with another at a train station about 150 miles east of the capital Tehran.

On this occasion, state television footage showed four derailed wagons, two of which were on fire. A spokesman for the Iranian Red Crescent, Mostafa Mortazavi, told the semi-official Fars news agency at the time that firefighters were trying to bring the blaze under control.

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