Saveh Police Department in a statement on Monday reported that three people who had been seriously injured Sunday in a deadly road accident on Saveh-Salafchgan road, central Iran, have succumbed to the injuries. The department stressed that the Monday fatalities had brought the number of the deceased in the accident to 23, IRNA reported.
Twenty people had already been killed in a tragic road accident Sunday after a minibus was double crashed by two heavy trucks on Saveh-Salafchegan road.
The chief of Saveh Police Department had earlier today been quoted by the press as saying that the minibus which was taking pilgrims from Saveh to a local religious site in Salafchegan had headed into a truck that was travelling in the wrong lane.
Colonel Sadeq Hassanvand had also said the truck had then collided with another truck that was moving behind the minibus and had accordingly turned it over on the minibus.
Hassanvand said seven people had immediately died in the accident, adding that 13 more had succumbed to injuries after being transferred to hospitals.
He said the cause of the accident was the lane-change manouver of the first truck, stressing that more probes are being carried out.
Meanwhile, the Saveh Traffic Police Department has reported that heavy traffic of trucks and narrowness of roads in Saveh have made the roads the country's most dangerous and the most prone to car tragedies. The department stressed that over the past six months starting March 21, there had been 215 car accidents in Saveh roads in which 140 had been killed and 423 injured.
It intimated a significant surge in the number of fatalities on Saveh roads by stressing that the roads had claimed only 149 lives over the past Iranian calendar year of 1381 (ended March 20).
The Sunday road tragedy comes only a week after a deadly accident in central Iran in which thirty-six people were killed and 10 others injured after a passenger bus and a truck collided on the Yazd-Tabas road.
Iran's Coroners Office in a report last Monday stressed that Iran ranks first in auto-related fatalities in the world.
The office said 7,933 people had died in road accidents this summer, stressing that this indicated a growth of 20.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.
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