Forty-four people were killed and 39 injured in Iran
when two passenger buses collided outside the capital Tehran
and caught fire, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.
At 11 pm (local time) on Monday night a bus carrying passengers from Isfahan
to Tehran suffered a punctured tire, crossed a guardrail and swerved into oncoming traffic,
where it hit a second bus
travelling from Tehran to Yazd, highway police chief Mohammad Reza Mehmandar told the Mehr news agency.
Scene of accident in Iran
Both buses erupted in flames after the collision, he said.
Statistics compiled by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) show that road accidents occur in Iran at a rate 20 times higher than the world average, with nearly 28,000 people killed and 300,000 people injured and disabled annually in the country of 75 million.
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