High Number of Road Accidents in Iran
A bus carrying teachers from Shahr-e Kord to Ahwaz was overturned in an accident which claimed the lives of twenty-seven people. This is the second accident in the past two weeks affecting large numbers of travelers. Previously, on March 15, a bus carrying university students from Mashhad's Khayyam University collided with a vehicle transporting fuel on the Andimeshk-Khoramabad road. The bus caught on fire and twenty-four students were burnt to death.
Prior to these two accidents, similar accidents claimed the lives of students and teachers in the past year. Last fall, in a collision between two busses carrying 80 university students from Damghan, seven students were killed and more than 29 were injured. Similarly, last spring, a truck collided with a bus carrying 37 geology students from Mashhad's Payam-e Nour University. The students were returning from an educational tour in Sari. That accident claimed the lives of 5 students and injured 15 others.
The head of Iran's Transportation and Safety Department (Sazman-e Rahnamayee va Ranandegi-e Iran), Colonel Rooyanian, believes that road accidents have decreased in Iran by 16 percent. However, the colonel's own deputy announced that 420 people have lost their lives only in the first six days of the Persian new year.
According to official figures, more than thirty thousand people die in road accidents in Iran every year.