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Iran: Road accidents claim lives of 15,433 in first half of the year

Tehran, Nov 10, IRNA-Iran Coroner Office reported here Wednesday that over 15,433 people have been killed in automobile accidents in the first half of the current Iranian year (Started March 21). The figure is 6.3 percent higher compared to the same period last year, the report added.

It also said that 18.8 percent of those killed were women.

Tehran province stood at the top of the list in terms of the number of people killed, followed by Khorasan and Fars provinces.

The lowest number of fatalities were registered in Ilam, Kohkilloyeh-Boyerahmad and Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari provinces.

Road accidents claimed 6,726 lives in the first quarter of the current Iranian year, it said.

The accident death toll in spring 2005 increased by 1.8 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, the figure indicated a decline in the overall growth rate during the period.

Again, Tehran ranked first among provinces in terms of fatal road accidents involving pedestrians during March-June 2005.

Official figures put the number of road mishaps involving fatalities at over 26,000 last year (ended March 20), with almost 60 percent of the mortalities caused by head injuries.

According to statistics, one Iranian dies every 24 minutes as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Experts relate the high death toll from road accidents to dilapidated vehicles, reckless driving, insufficient emergency assistance, lack of communication facilities and inadequate emergency centers on roads.

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