A train has derailed in eastern Iran, killing at least ten passengers and injuring dozens. Three helicopters and 10 ambulances take the injured to hospital
In Iran, a train has derailed, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring dozens.
Emergency services are on the scene near Tabas, in eastern Iran, fearing the death toll could rise after the crash, with early signs suggesting the train hit an excavator.
Three helicopters and 10 ambulances are taking people to hospital after the derailment of five carriages left 50 injured, 10 dead and 16 in critical condition.
Mehdi Valipour, who led the rescue operation, told Iran’s ISNA news agency: “Today at 5:30 am, the Tabas-Yazd passenger train was traveling on its route when it derailed at Mazino station.”
The The chief of the Red Crescent rescue organization continued: “To assist the rescue operation, three helicopters from Birjand, Mashhad and Yazd were arranged to arrive at the scene.”
He added that there were 430 passengers and crew on the train, while the worst impact of the crash was on three wagons that overturned.
Railway official Mir Hassan Mousavi told ISNA: “According to initial information, the train’s passenger carriages collided with an excavator and derailed.”
An investigation into the derailment is now underway.
Mojtaba Khaledi, the country’s emergency spokesman, said: “Three emergency helicopters and 10 ambulances have been dispatched to the scene.
“Relief work is still ongoing in the area and unfortunately, according to reports received so far, 10 people have died.”
Iran has a poor track record of train safety. Reuters reports that 44 people were killed and 103 injured when a passenger train collided with another at a station about 240 miles east of the capital Tehran, in 2016.
On that occasion, state television images showed four derailed wagons, two of which were on fire. A spokesman for the Iranian Red Crescent, Mostafa Mortazavi, told the semi-official Fars news agency at the time that firefighters were trying to bring the blaze under control.
Semnan provincial governor Mohammad Reza Khabbaz told Iranian television that it appeared that a train entering Haft-Khan station on the outskirts of Shahroud had run into another that had broken down there.