Bus collision in Iran kills 44-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
TEHRAN, Iran -- At least 44 people died when two intercity buses collided Monday on a road south of Tehran, Iran, state TV reported.
One of the buses swerved into the opposite lane due to a flat tire, colliding head-on with the other bus. Both bus caught fire.
The TV said 44 people were injured in the accident. They were taken to a hospital in the city of Qom, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Tehran.
Statistics showed that Iran has one of the worst road safety records in the world with more than 20,000 people lose their lives in road accidents every year in the country.
The high toll is blamed on disregard of traffic rules, unsafe roads and poor emergency services. (AP)