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Iran train collision: 31 killed, several injured in northern Iran

The cause of the accident is under investigation as the parked train was apparently not inside the station but on a main rail line.

Two trains collided in Iran’s north-central province of Semnan on early Friday, killing at least 31 people and injuring around 20 others.

According to the reports of Iran’s state television, accident happened in subzero temperatures when a passenger train that was in motion hit another that had stopped at the Haft-Khan station about 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of the capital, Tehran.

Out of 31 killed, four of the fatalities were railway employees on the two trains, report said.

The report said that the rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of accident.

The video report showed footage of four derailed carriages, with two of them on fire. It also showed rescue teams working near train carriages on fire. Reportedly, the casualties from the crash were taken to nearby hospitals.

Provincial Gov. Mohammad Reza Khabbaz told state TV that the cause of the accident is under investigation as the parked train was apparently not inside the station but on a main rail line.

Helicopters and ambulances were sent to join the rescue operation, the report added.

Iran reports about 17,000 deaths on average in traffic accidents every year. The high accident rate is mostly blamed on drivers disregarding traffic laws, old vehicles and inadequate emergency services.

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