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Iran State Railway Chief Resigns, 3 Arrested After Train Crash Kills 45

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Three railway staff have been detained after a deadly train collision took place in Iran's north-central province of Semnan on Friday. The accident happened when a passenger train in motion crashed to another one that had stopped at the station. 45 died and over 100 got wounded.

People in Tabriz held a candlelight vigil on Saturday night for the victims.
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

It is believed that sub-zero temperature contributed to the first train technical failure and consequently to the crash.

The persons who were in charge at north-east railway control center at the time of the collision are now under arrest, Semnan prosecutor general Heidar Asiabi said on Saturday.

The orders for identifying any other probable guilty persons are issued and a committee to look into the causes of the accident will be formed in no time, Tasnim news agency quoted Asiabi as saying.

Source: Vatan Emrooz daily

Meanwhile, Hossein Ashouri, an Iranian Railways Company official, said one of the trains had stopped between the towns of Semnan and Damghan after an apparent mechanical failure, forcing officials to halt others on the line.

But when a new shift started at the control center in Shahroud, the second train was allowed to resume its journey, AFP reported.

Iran's railroad chief resigns over fatal train crash news

TEHRAN (Tasnim News Agency) -  Managing Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Mohsen Pourseyyed Aqaei resigned after a train crash that killed 45 people in the province of Semnan on Friday, offering an apology to the nation for the deadly incident.

Mohsen Pourseyyed Aqaei

Speaking to IRIB news on Saturday night, Pourseyyed Aqaei said the Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi has accepted his resignation. In the meantime, Iranian lawmakers are working on a plan to impeach Akhoundi for what they call his weak performance that led to the terrible train crash.

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