Dozens killed after train crash in Iran


At least 36 people were killed in a collision between two trains in Iran’s northern province of Semnan on Friday, Fars news agency reported.

Another 98 people were injured, and two wagons were set in fire as the trains collided and most of the injury is due to the burning, head of Emergency Center of Country, Pir Hossein Kolivand, was quoted as saying by Fars.

Two helicopters, firefighters and Red Crescent teams have been dispatched to the scene to help the victims, Iraj Reisian, the head of Crisis Management of Semnan province, was quoted as saying by semi-official Mehr news agency.

It is possible that freezing of electronic system of Svznbany, which controls the movements of the trains, was the cause of the accident as the temperature had reached minus 12 degrees Celsius in the region, Mehr said.

The accident occurred in Haft-Khan train station located between Semnan and Damghan cities at 7:45 a.m. local time.