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Iran: Bus plunges into river, killing 30, injuring 15

Ilam, April 9, IRNA - A bloody road accident on Ilam-Chovar road in the western province of Ilam left 30 people killed and 15 others injured Sunday evening.

The accident took place when both, a bus and a lorry, plunged off a bridge into a river.

The injured, some of them said to be in critical condition, had been rushed to Imam Khomeini hospital in the city of Ilam.

Speaking to IRNA, a local police official, Shamsollah Faraji, blamed the accident on high speed and inability of the lorry's driver to control his vehicle.

He added that the bus carried pilgrims from Isfahan province who had entered the country from Iraq via Mehran international border point.

Director-General of Ilam's Coroner Office Mohammad Astaraki told IRNA on Monday that 27 passengers of the bus were killed on the spot, while three others died at the hospital last night.

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