Iran bus crash kills at least 19 on mountain road

Iran bus crash kills at least 19 on mountain road

Iran bus crash Jan 9, 2020
Iranian Red Crescent paramedics recovering bodies at the scene of a bus accident that plunged off a mountain road into a ravine in Mazandaran province, 150km north-east of Tehran. (Photo: AFP/REZA PARSA/MIZAN NEWS AGENCY)

TEHRAN: At least 19 people were killed and 24 injured in northern Iran when a bus plunged off a mountain road into a ravine before dawn on Thursday (Jan 9), local news agencies reported.

Brake failure was believed to have caused the accident in Mazandaran province, 150km northeast of Tehran, official news agency IRNA said.

Iran bus crash Jan 9, 2020 (2)
Rescue workers inspecting the scene of a bus accident that plunged off a mountain road into a ravine in Mazandaran province, 150km north-east of Tehran. (Photo: AFP/REZA PARSA/MIZAN NEWS AGENCY)

The bus was travelling between the capital and Gonbad-e-Kavous, a historic town near Turkmenistan renowned for its 11th-century brick tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Source: AFP/ga

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