44 killed in Tehran bus crash

Tuesday 10 September 2013 16.05
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Two buses caught fire after collision
Two buses caught fire after collision
39 people were injured in the crash
39 people were injured in the crash

At least 44 people were killed and 39 injured in Iran when two intercity buses collided outside the capital Tehran and caught fire.

A police spokesman said the crash occurred after a tyre on a bus travelling from Isfahan to Tehran had a puncture causing it to swerve into oncoming traffic, where it crashed into a second bus.

Both buses caught fire after the collision.

Statistics compiled by UNICEF show that road crashes occur in Iran at a rate 20 times higher than the world average.

Nearly 28,000 people are killed and 300,000 people injured annually in the country of 75 million.

Keywords: bus, iran, tehran