Train derailment leaves at least 17 dead
Iran is currently undergoing a rescue operation, with some injured in critical condition.
The Iranian Red Crescent charity is on-scene providing support and has reported that at least 17 deaths have occurred from a train crash in Iran.
This incident occurred around 50km north of Tabas in the desert, close to Mazino station. A number of passengers on board the Yazd-Mashhad train are currently in critical condition.
“The train was carrying 348 passengers and crew. Out of 11 wagons, six wagons were damaged,”The charity stated.
Dozens upon dozens of their rescue workers were dispatched along with 10 ambulances as well as three helicopters to provide relief.
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According to IRNA’s official Iranian news agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways statement, the train hit an excavator. IRNA received information from Governor of Tabas, Ali-Akbar Rahimi, that aid workers were still looking for passengers who are injured or killed in all the carriages.