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1/23/05

Road accidents keep Iranians on edge

By Kambakhsh Khalaji

Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA -- It's for 16 years that the Iraqi war has ended but Iranians are still at risk of being killed -- this time on roads not on battlefields.

Iran's roads are regarded among the most dangerous in the world. Some 100,000 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the past five years, including close to 26,000 last year. It means road accident alone claims three lives per hour in the country.

The life-threatening road conditions go from bad to worse in winter and the death toll rises.

Decrepit vehicles, slippery routes, falling rocks and avalanche in arduous mountain roads, contempt for driving laws, and the reckless behavior of drivers are blamed for the casualties.

Twenty-eight passengers of a bus were killed on Babolsar-Tehran road in northern Iran last Friday. The bus skidded off the mountain road into a ravine.

Another seven people were injured in the accident, which occurred when the driver swerved to avoid rocks falling from the mountainside.

Twelve more were reported to have lost their lives in two separate crashes Saturday night.

A passenger bus turned turtle due to high speed on slippery road near Yazd, southeast of Iran, leaving seven dead and 15 critically wounded.

A truck and a minibus collided on Glopaygan-Khansar road in the south, claiming five lives on the spot.

According to police, 10 were killed in road accidents near the southeastern city of Sirjan in the past week.

The sad story will continue and Iranians are waiting for hearing similar news in the upcoming days.

Responsible officials are expected to see to it and build safe roads for their own people as police are expected to deal with careless drivers more seriously.

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