More than 30 people have lost their lives and dozens of others have been injured after two passenger trains collided at a station in Iran's north-central province of Semnan. According to local officials, the collision happened at the Haf-Khan station near the city of Shahroud around 7:40 a.m. local time on Friday.
Semnan Governor Mohammad-Reza Khabbaz said 31 dead bodies have so far been
recovered, adding that the death toll is expected to rise further.
Meanwhile, Ali Yahyaei, an official with the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Semnan, said at least 40 people are estimated to have lost their lives, putting the number of the injured at around 100.
Seven rescue teams were dispatched to the site with helicopters and
ambulances. A huge fire also broke out following the accident, further slowing
down relief operations in subzero temperatures.
Officials said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.
The accident happened when a passenger train that was in motion hit another that had stopped at the station about 250 kilometers east of the capital, Tehran. The collision caused four carriages to derail and catch fire.
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