The accident occurred when a passenger bus skidded off the Haraz mountain road and fell into a 150-meter ravine when the driver swerved to avoid rocks falling from the mountainside Friday evening.
According to the Mazandaran Natural Disaster Headquarters, another 17 people are still being treated for injuries they sustained in the accident on the road between Tehran and Babolsar.
Police and relief workers rushed the injured to local hospitals. Five of them are said to be in critical condition.
Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the deadly accident but have yet to submit their report.
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